The internet is worldwide, and if you have an internet-based business, you are operating in the global marketplace.
While the United States used to provide the gold standard for copyright and trademark registration, today more and more businesses are seeking the added protection of international intellectual property registration in the geographic areas in which they do the most business.
First and foremost, we are intellectual property lawyers, with years of experience in highly technical matters.
Of course, navigating the legal and procedural channels of international IP management is no easy task. Using trademarks as an example, registering a trademark abroad is accomplished through various international organizations, agreements, and treaties, many of which allow you to file in more than one country at the same time. For example, single registration of a European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) through the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Other avenues for international registration include:
- Filing an international application under the Madrid Protocol through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which covers more than 110 different countries across the globe.
- Filing an application for trademark registration with the African Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), which covers 19 member countries in Africa.
- Filing an application for trademark registration in one of the member countries of the Andean Pact, which covers Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
- Filing an application for trademark registration through the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), which covers Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.
When the option to file a foreign trademark application through one of the above international organizations is unavailable or disadvantageous, Kronenberger Rosenfeld coordinates with its local counsel network to apply for trademark registration in individual foreign countries.
Kronenberger Rosenfeld can help you weigh the costs and benefits of registering your trademarks and copyrights internationally and identify the best jurisdictions in which to start. The firm has substantial experience in creating and maintaining the IP portfolios of its clients. We also have a proven track record of enforcing clients’ IP rights against infringers located in both the United States and abroad. Additionally, our firm regularly counsels clients on minimizing risk of incurring trademark and copyright liability infringement liability based on their business practices in foreign jurisdictions.