A trademark is a distinctive sign which is used to identify the origin of a product or service.
It is an intellectual property right which can have great economic importance for its owner.
There are a number of different types of trademarks:
National trademarks whose geographical reach is limited to the countries in which they are registered.
EU trademarks which extend and cover all 28 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
International trademarks which allow for a one-off registration request designating only those countries which are members of the Madrid Union, i.e. those that are signatories to the Madrid Arrangement and/or the Madrid Protocol.