I've just filed my trademark application; does this mean my trademark is registered?

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Written by Igor Demcak

CEO & Legal Mind

No, filing a trademark application does not automatically mean that your trademark is registered. Filing the application initiates the process for seeking trademark registration, but there are additional steps and requirements that need to be fulfilled before registration is granted.

After you file your trademark application, the trademark office will conduct an examination to determine if your mark meets the necessary criteria for registration. This examination typically involves assessing the distinctiveness of the mark, checking for conflicts with existing trademarks, and verifying compliance with other legal requirements.

The examination process can take several months or longer, depending on the jurisdiction and the workload of the trademark office. During this time, the trademark office may request additional information or raise objections to your application. You may need to respond to these objections or provide further evidence to support your application.

If your application successfully passes the examination and overcomes any objections, the trademark office will issue a registration certificate, indicating that your trademark is officially registered. The registration certificate establishes the date from which your trademark rights are considered valid.

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