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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time frame for filing for a trademark registration?

The time frame from filing to actual registration is 12-15 months.

If I register my trademark in Cyprus, do I have protection in other territories?

Registered trademarks in Cyprus are protected in the whole island of Cyprus except in Northern Cyprus.

Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

A signed Power of Attorney must be presented.

Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

Yes. Applicants may benefit from pre-filing use of trademark in the following ways:

  • Demonstrate the mark’s distinctiveness
  • Overcome opposition based on non-distinctiveness
  • The first party to use the mark gets ownership right even if the mark was later registered by another party (substantial evidence is needed)
Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

Yes. Non-use is a ground for cancellation of registration.

What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Cyprus?

The following marks are registrable in Cyprus:

  • Words
  • Colours
  • Names
  • Trade dress/get-up
  • Devices
  • Shapes with 3 dimensions
What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Cyprus?

There are 3 phases of trademark application in Cyprus namely examination, publication and registration.

  1. The application will be examined in respect of compliance with requirements.
  2. The particulars of the application will be published such as mark, name, citizenship and address of applicant, and all other details.
  3. Registration will be granted once requirements are met and oppositions are overcome.
What type of trademark is not registrable?

Applicants are prohibited to register marks that are:

  • Contrary to moral standards
  • A threat to public order
  • Generic
  • Inclusive of name and flag or symbol or any state/region/nation or international organization
  • Lacking in distinctive qualities
  • Considered as surnames
  • Considered as geographical names
Does Cyprus use the "Nice Classification" system?

Yes. Cyprus uses the Nice Classification system.

Does the Community Trademark apply for Cyprus?

Yes. The Community Trademark applies for Cyprus.

Is there any possibility to claim priority in Cyprus?

Yes. Applicants may claim priority if:

  • Home country is a Paris Convention member
  • Date of home application was filed within 6 months prior to application in Cyprus
What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

Use the trademark 5 years from the date the application was filed. Use can be minimal but must take place within the jurisdiction of Cyprus.

Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

Initial term of validity is 7 years beginning on the date of application.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date will be 7 years from the date when application was filed.

Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

Yes. Unregistered marks can be legally used for goods and services.

Does having a registered trademark in Cyprus give me any right?

Registration is not necessary in order to afford right to a trademark. The rule “first to file” takes effect in Cyprus.

What is the web address of the trademark national office?

The national office of Cyprus for trademark registration is not available online.

Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

Prior use of a mark is not mandatory for filing.

Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

Yes. Applications can be opposed on these grounds:

  • Violation of proprietary rights or conflict with an earlier registration
  • Bad faith
  • Descriptive or non-distinctive mark
  • Similarity with a notorious mark
  • Registration was made in the name of a representative or agent
  • Violation of rights in a company or personal name
  • Use of protected symbols, insignia or emblems
Who can contest my trademark application?

Anyone can oppose or contest a trademark application.

Is it possible to cancel a registration?

Yes. A registered trademark can be cancelled on these grounds:

  • Misleading or deceptive mark
  • Contrary of morals or public policy
  • Application made in bad faith
  • Section VIII.A. Use Requirements are not met
  • Prohibited marks in Cyprus
  • Use of emblem or badge of public interest
  • Violation of Article 6ter of the Paris Convention
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

Owners of a registered trademark can enjoy the following rights:

  • Use the trademark exclusively
  • Oppose later conflicting applications
  • Request to cancel later conflicting registrations
  • Issue license to third parties to use the trademark
  • Take legal actions against infringement
  • Obtain compensation from infringing parties
  • Request seizure of counterfeit goods
How long is the opposition period?

The opposition period will start from the date of publication and will end two months after that date.

Is Cyprus a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. Cyprus is a signatory of the Madrid Protocol and the Madrid Agreement.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

Periodic statements of use and other documents declaring use are not needed.

When should I renew my trademark?

Renewals are made every 14 years from the last date of renewal date.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date will be 7 years from the date when application was filed.

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

A power of attorney is required if a new attorney will handle the renewal procedure.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

No grace period is provided for expired trademarks.

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