Belgium trademark registration is the first step for business owners in Belgium. Business owners must take design a sign that will serve as a trademark for their company. In principle, any signs can be considered trademarks. They can include words, images, colors, shapes and even sounds. The trademark must be associated with specific products or services, thus the entrepreneurs must also decide for which products he or she will register the trademark.



Belgium Trademark Registration Requirements

A Belgium trademark application has to be filed before The Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (OPRI). A Power of Attorney is not required. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.


Belgium Trademark Procedure

The Belgium trademark application process includes an examination on absolute grounds; the official search has been abandoned. Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by use.


After the examination on formalities and absolute grounds, the application is published in the online Benelux Bulletin for opposition purposes. Oppositions could be filed within a period of 2 months after the first day of the month which follows the date of publication of the mark.


The whole procedure takes between 5 and 8 months if there are no complications. There also exists an expedited registration procedure.


Belgium Trademark Registration Term of Protection

A Belgium trademark registration in The Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (OPRI) is valid for 10 years from application date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.


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