Within the framework of managing our Customers’ trademarks, we offer the following services:
- Constant monitoring of new applications in Poland.
- Constant monitoring of new applications in the European Union
- Preparing and making objections.
- Participation in opposition proceedings before the Patent Office.
In connection with amendment to the provisions concerning trademarks, from April 2016 the Patent Office does not verify, whether new applications infringe the rights of third parties, particularly the rights to previous protected trademarks.
Currently, owners of protected trademarks are responsible for constant monitoring of all new trademark applications in terms of possible conflict, particularly from perspective of similarity to a protected trademark.
In practice, the only effective method of blocking the possibility of obtaining protection in case of a conflicting trademark is submission of an appropriate objection to the Patent Office. What is important, an objection may be submitted exclusively within the period of 3 months from the date of publishing an information on a new application for registration of a trademark. Therefore, it is incredibly important to constantly monitor all new trademarks.
Additionally, monitoring trademarks and other industrial property rights is an incredibly valuable marketing tool, as it enables constant tracking of the competitors’ activity, including obtaining first-hand information on new products and services placed on the market. Monitoring doesn’t have to refer directly to specific trademarks. There is a possibility of monitoring a selected sector, company, product or service.