Is a trademark valid from the date of filing or the date of registration?

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Written by Igor Demcak

CEO & Legal Mind

A trademark is typically considered valid from the date of registration, not the date of filing. The registration process involves a thorough examination of the trademark application by the relevant trademark office to ensure it meets the necessary requirements for registration. This examination process can include assessing the distinctiveness of the mark, checking for conflicts with existing trademarks, and evaluating the compliance with other legal criteria.

Once the trademark application successfully completes this examination process and is approved, the trademark office issues a registration certificate. The validity of your trademark begins from the date of registration mentioned in the certificate. It is from this date that you generally have the exclusive right to use the mark in connection with the goods or services specified in your registration.

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