If I own a trademark in one country, is it valid in another country as well?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

No, trademarks don't apply across countries. The sovereignty of a country has to be respected, and legal protection granted to a business in one country can't be simply extended and enforced in another.

However, some countries have formed agreements allowing trademark owners to achieve brand protection in several countries by filing a single application. For example, an EU trademark grants protection in each of its member states. You can find the complete list in our article on jurisdictions.

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