A trademark is a sign or symbol that distinguishes the goods or services, or both, of one business from another in commerce.
Protection in Poland is afforded to those registered in:
Protection is against use of identical or confusingly similar marks.
Protection is for 10 years, as are renewals.
Put simply, it is the external form of the whole or part of a product.
Protection in Poland is afforded to designs registered in:
Protection is narrow; an opposed design must not create a different general impression. But it is quick (even several days after a filing) and relatively inexpensive.
Registration is for 5 years, as are renewals, but renewals are limited to a maximum of 4.
A novel, technical solution can be patented (if it is non-obvious), or protected as a utility model.
Protection in Poland can be afforded to technical solutions registered in:
Protection of a patent can be broad and can be up 20 years after a filing; that for a utility model can be up to 10 years after a filing.
The extent of protection depends on the skill of a patent attorney in formulating claims.
Copyright is any individual manifestation of creative activity in any form; registration is not required.
Protection is long term; it usually continues for 70 years after the death of the author.
It is an additional prong in the protection of trademarks and industrial designs.
The legislation defines various act of unfair competition; businesses are protected from products being copied, brands being passed off, consumers being misled.
Activity that is contrary to good custom or which threatens business interests is also prohibited.
The lack of the necessity of registration means it is a formidable right.
Business expand through knowledge which includes intellectual property and we advise on and train personnel in that aspect.
Training is provided to SMEs and large corporations; e.g., one of the three largest automotive manufacturers in Poland.
Contracting requires experience and skill; especially, in that Polish intellectual property law is full of traps for the unwary. We have substantial experience in negotiating complex difficult contracts; e.g., gained while working for the defense industry.
We represent clients in matters in the Polish Patent Office, EUIPO, common courts, and have appeared in the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. Litigation is a last resort and every effort is made to negotiate an amicable resolution of a dispute.