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

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Written by Igor Demcak

Founder & Trademark Attorney

Whether a trademark is valid from the filing or registration date depends on the country. For example, in the EU or the UK, it's the filing date (assuming your application is accepted), while in the US, it's the registration date.

However, you typically gain some level of protection right from the filing date. For example, you gain priority over anyone applying for an identical/similar trademark after you. Then, if your application passes and your trademark registers, in the first type of countries, you gain full protection counting back from the filing date.

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