If you want to be granted rights over your intellectual property, trademark registration in Montenegro is mandatory. An unregistered trademark can be protected only in some exceptional cases. The trademarks are graphic representations (letters, signs, numbers and colors) used by companies in Montenegro to identify their goods and products.
There are three types of trademarks to be registered: trademarks, service marks and collective marks. The Trademark Law offers the legal framework for trademark registration in Montenegro and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the institution where the applications are filed. When you open a company in Montenegro, remember to request the registration of your trademark.
Before having a trademark protected in Montenegro a prior application form is necessary. This application must contain the following information:
• The request for registration of a trademark;
• Relevant data about the applicant – name and address;
• The mark that requires protection;
• A list of goods and services which will be registered under the solicited trademark – in accordance to Nice classification;
• Proof of payment of the administrative charge;
• Power of attorney signed on behalf of the applicant – no legalization/notarization is required.
This application for trademark registration in Montenegro is filled at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Foreign applicants need a local agent. Our experts in company formation in Montenegro can assist you in filling up this application.
After filling the application with the IPO, a number is assigned to it. Absolute grounds of refusal are examined by the Office representatives in accordance with the Trademark Law. The trademark application is then published in the Intellectual Property Gazette of Montenegro. Any opposition against trademark application can be submitted within 90 days from publication. If there is no one to oppose the application, a registration fee for the first ten years of validity must be paid by the applicant. After the payment, the trademark is granted complete protection by an official decision on registration. Once your business is trademarked, it can be the first step towards an international brand.
Don`t hesitate to contact our experts in company formation in Montenegro for an easy going process of trademark registration.