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By Anonymous writer - Glossary

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.

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