What sort of documentation is required to register a trademark with the IPO?

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Written by Igor Demcak

CEO & Legal Mind

The forms and documentation you will have to submit when registering a trademark will depend on the specific IPO, but generally, you might be required to submit one or more of the following:

  • A form of identification. For a physical person, this can be an ID or a passport. If the intended owner is a company, it can be the incorporation certificate.
  • Signed Power of Attorney (in case of having legal representation). This document grants your attorney the right to conduct certain actions on your behalf.
  • Specimen of use (if filing in the USA). Specimen serves as proof of your mark being used in commerce in the US market. You'll have to submit one for each of your classes. When filing under the "use in commerce" basis (for commercially active businesses), you will have to submit them with the application. If, on the other hand, you are submitting an "intent to use" application (for businesses planning to launch in the US market), you will have to submit it later.
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