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1 SPECIFIC TRADEMARK ADVICE BY NATIONAL TRADEMARK AUTHORITY Country Austria Name of national trademark authority (NTA) Austrian Patent Specific trademark advisory services rendered by NTA? Kind of services? By whom and contact details? Free of charge? YES YES NO Service consists mainly how to apply for a trade mark or design and help with classification(s). (Changing) Juristical members. Österreichisches Patentamt Dresdner Straße 87, 1200 Wien t: f: With acceptance of? Benelux Benelux for YES Before filing an application, it is possible to ask for an (oral) advice on the distinctive character of a mark. The office does also conduct trademark searches and watches. Partly: The advice on distinctiveness is free of charge. No explicit acceptance of and no disclaimer Staff of the office. Benelux for Bordewijklaan 15 NL-2591 XR The Hague The Netherlands The searches and watches are under payment. ECTA Secretariat, Rue des Colonies 18/24, Box 8, 9 th Floor, BE-1000 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32/ Fax: + 32/ Website: A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales No Registered address: Suite 1.3, Vernon House, Sicilian Avenue, London, WC1A 2QH, England VAT No. BE

2 T: Bulgaria Bulgarian Patent Watching services by subscription (four search reports within one year) Department State Registers, Searchesé& and Information Services for Marks and GIs Tel Croatia Croatian State - CSIPO YES Besides the professional information services, INCENTIV offers a series of additional services search services of databases of the registered intellectual property, available individual on-line databases search of industrial property, a specialized library and a reading room, as well as the education on intellectual property. At INCENTIV services are provided by INCENTIV employees as well as other State experts. INCENTIV - Information Centre for Ulica grada Vukovara 78, HR Zagreb, CROATIA Tel.: +385 (0) Fax: +385 (0) Compilation of answers to questionnaire T017 (specific advice) 2 Partly: Search services of the available industrial property databases are available under payment of official fees, while individual on-line database search of the registered industrial property in Croatia is offered free of charge. Besides, CSIPO provides copies of patent documents (texts of patent applications and granted patents) and non- NO (use of a disclaimer)

3 Cyprus Registrar of Trademarks, c/o Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver certified listings of bibliographic data on patents, trademarks and industrial designs from industrial property databases registered in Croatia, and from the available international databases. Mentioned services are available upon request and under payment of special fees. Trademark search services (upon special request). Staff at the Registry. Tel: Address: Corner Makarios Ave. and Karpenisiou Str., 1427 Nicosia, Cyprus Public Opening Hours: a.m p.m. Czech Republic Industrial YES Trademark searches, information of status of pending cases Trademark department tel: Partly: searches under payment, the other information free of charge NO Compilation of answers to questionnaire T017 (specific advice) 3

4 Denmark Estonia Finland Patent-og Varmærkest yrelsen Eesti Patentdiamet (Estonian Patent ) National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland Education, searches, watches, legal analysis see the following link/ price list : customers support and section in Patent - & varemærkestyrelses. NO YES Under payment NO Preliminary examination on the registrability of trademarks. By staff of the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland. General information: Mail: P.O.Box 1170, FI HELSINKI Fax: France Germany INPI (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle) German Patent and Trademark (DPMA) YES Under payment NO Research of prior trademarks or tailored diagnostic of the company needs in terms of IP protection. By IP specialists member of INPI Address : INPI, 15 rue des Minimes CS 50001, Courbevoie Cedex Phone number : Phone number from abroad : YES No answer No answer Only after filing an application during examination Compilation of answers to questionnaire T017 (specific advice) 4

5 Greece Hungary Department of Commercial and Industrial which operates under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Commerce of the Ministry for Development, Competitiven ess, Infrastructure s, Transport and Networks. Hungarian (HIPO) NO Simplified trademark filtering, trademark search and monitoring services, regional trademark similarity search. Furthermore the HIPO also regularly answers some specific questions asked by anyone registered on the online governmental portal (https://edemokracia.magyarorszag.hu/forum/posts/list/1201.page) within the framework of a forum on intellectual property. Finally, the HIPO also has opening hours for customers where specific enquiries may be made personally in relation to intellectual property rights. Free services are rendered without acceptance of Payable services are rendered with disclaimers of HIPO Staff Compilation of answers to questionnaire T017 (specific advice) 5

6 Ireland Italy The Patents (IPO) UIBM (Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi) Address: Garibaldi utca 2., H-1054 Budapest, Hungary Mailing address: H-1374 Budapest, PO Box 552, Hungary Central phone: , Fax: YES Not always NO Searches, information from files and general advice to callers. The services are provided by IPO. Irish Patents, Government Buildings, Hebron Road, Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland. Telephone : +353/ Fax : +353/ NO Latvia Lithuania Malta The Patent of the Republic of Latvia State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania of the Comptroller of Industrial NO NO YES NO Without any disclaimers of Trademark search services. Staff at the Registry Tel: Address: Commerce Department, Lascaris Bastion, Valletta, VLT 2000, Malta Compilation of answers to questionnaire T017 (specific advice) 6

7 Public Opening Hours: ; (Oct 1-Jun 15) - (Jun 16-Sep 31) Poland Portugal Polish Patent Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial NO NO Romania Oficiul de Stat Pentru Inventii si Marci (Romanian State office for Inventions and Trademarks) The NTA provides trademark search services, without such including specific opinions on the chances of success with respect to the registration of the searched trademarks. in addition to the above, the NTA provides upon request, specific information with respect to a portfolio of trademarks (per trademark holder / per representative), as well as information with respect to the legal status of a specified national / international trademark designating for protection the Romanian territory. The above-mentioned trademark / portfolio search services are provided by designated officials within the NTA s trademark search department. The information with respect to the legal status of a trademark is provided by the officials of the post examination / national registry department. General contact no: / general fax no: Contact person Department of trademark searches Ms. Alice Postavaru Head of post-examination procedures /national registry Ms. Elena Marin Slovak Republic Industrial YES Trademark searches, information of status of pending cases Trademark Search department,trademark department tel: , Partly: Searches under payment, the other information free of charge NO Compilation of answers to questionnaire T017 (specific advice) 7

8 Slovenia Spain Sweden Slovenian (Urad Republike Slovenije za intelektualno lastnino) Spanish Patent and Trademark PRV The Swedish Patent and Registration (use of a disclaimer) Searches in SIPO databases Searches for similar or identical trademarks CETMOS (Central European TradeMark Observation Service) Expert opinions of foreign patent offices on novelty and inventive step Selective dissemination of information and trademark monitoring Preparation of portfolios of industrial property rights Preparation of formated databases Information on CD-ROMs Non-standard information services By the SIPO s examiners Slovenian Kotnikova ulica 6 SI-1000 Ljubljana Slovenia T: T: (Customer service) F: (IP Rights) F: (Head ) E: sipo(at)uil-sipo.si Opening hours: (Mo, Tu, Th) (We) (Fr) NO BUT: The chambers of commerce lost their traditional means of funding and now follow a model of charging for services rendered, including industrial property advisory services. Pre-file searches Freedom to operate searches (use of a disclaimer) Compilation of answers to questionnaire T017 (specific advice) 8

9 Monitoring Services. For more information please refer to the below link UK The Patent (also trading as The, or IPO) PRV InterPat It is a department of the Swedish Patent and Registration (PRV) which offers consultancy services. PRV is administered by the Swedish government and is accountable to the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. According to section 3 of the Regulation (1995:1386), PRV is allowed to carry out commissioned work. Telephone: Fax: Visiting address: Valhallavägen 136, Stockholm Postal address: Box 5055, Stockholm, Sweden No answer No answer No answer No answer No answer Compilation of answers to questionnaire T017 (specific advice) 9

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