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Okt 26, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 19/16)
Official Fees for Trademark Prosecution Changed
On October 14, 2016, new official fees for trademark prosecution in Poland entered into force.

Relevant changes are:
- Payment for trademark filing is now calculated separately for each class of protection (previously it was calculated for three first classes).
- Each class costs the same, regardless of the number of classes to be filed.
- A new fee for opposition is introduced.

The new official fee for a paper trademark application is now PLN 450, for an electronic trademark application is now PLN 400 for one class and PLN 120 for each additional class in both aforementioned forms.

For more information, please see the article of our Country Index partner here

Source: Kulikowska & Kulikowski, Poland

Apr 20, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 7/16)
Opposition Period and Examination Amended
The opposition period and official examination have been changed as of April 15, 2016.

The opposition period is now 3 months from the application date. Before, it was 6 months from the publication of registration.
Further, the Polish Patent Office examines trademark applications only on formal and absolute grounds. The examination on relative grounds was abolished.

Source: Kulikowska & Kulikowski, Poland

Mrz 16, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 5/16)
E-Services Soon Available
On February 24, 2016, the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland announced the implementation of the e-Services project, part of the Software Package developed by the Cooperation Fund.

The e-Services project aims to develop a set of web-based tools for national and regional EU IP Offices to facilitate the electronic filing of trade mark oppositions, trade mark and design registrations and renewals, trade mark cancellations and design invalidities.


Nov 25, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 18/15)
Amendments to Industrial Property Law
On July 24, 2015, the Polish Parliament adopted an act amending the Polish Act on Industrial Property Law dated June 30, 2000. The amendments include changes in regulations concerning trademarks, industrial designs and patents.

Key changes in trademark law are for example that the changes extend the possibility of obtaining a joint right of protection for a trademark by introducing the possibility to grant in the name of each entity.

Another significant change is introducing the institution of “letters of consent”. Once it is in force, the Patent Office will be able to apply a legislative provision in a statutory manner and accept letters of consent in all the cases involving collision of a trademark with prior rights held by third parties.

Please see the article of Ms Monika Witkowska of the law firm Kulikowska & Kulikowski for further information here

The full text of the amended act can be seen in the original language here

Source: Kulikowska & Kulikowski, Poland

Sep 29, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 15/15)
New Interactive Forms for Trademark/Industrial Design Applications
The Polish Patent Office provides two new interactive forms to facilitate the generation of applications for registration of trademarks and industrial designs. These services are available on the website of the Polish Patent Office as well as in the Online Service Portal. However, the new interactive forms are not active yet.

Interactive forms have a range of functional features enabling a smooth and orderly completion of applications for registration, including inter alia transparent breakdown into kinds of marks, hints to draft the list of goods or facilitated enclosure and visualization of graphics in a PDF file.

After completing the form, it is possible to generate a file with a summary of the application and/or to save this data on a local disk for later use (e.g. to complete the application or facilitate completion of further applications at a later date).

Source: Kulikowska & Kulikowski, Poland

Legal basis is the Industrial Property Act, in force since August 22, 2001, with amendments in force since April 15, 2016.
Poland is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.
Since May 1st, 2004, Poland has been a member of the European Union.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, colours or colour combinations, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging, holograms, sound marks and any combination of the mentioned signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks, collective marks, certification marks and trade names.”
The application is filed at the Patent Office.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A non-legalised power of attorney is sufficient.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration but it is necessary to file a document evidencing the capacity of the PoA signatory(s) to represent the applicant, e.g. an excerpt from the Register of Companies, together with its Polish translation (simple translation, not certified).
The application process includes a formal examination and an examination of distinctiveness. Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by use.
The Patent Office publishes the information on the trademark application in the bi-weekly “Biuletyn Urzedu Patentowego” without delay, after having established that the statutory requirements for the grant of a right of protection for a trademark have been satisfied.
The Patent Office discloses the particulars of the trademark application before publishing the information on the trademark application, not later than in two month term from the date of application. At this point, third parties can notify the Patent Office of reasons against the registration of the trademark.
For each trademark application, the information on which is to be published, the Patent Office shall draw up a search report containing the citations of the earlier identical or similar trademarks, destined for the same or similar goods or services and communicate it to the applicant for information purposes only.
The processing time from first filing to registration is to be expected much quicker with approx. 6 months.
After registration, the trademark is published in the monthly “Wiadomosci Urzedu Patentowego”.
An opposition may be filed only after publishing the information on the trademark application. The opposition period is 3 months from the publication date of the information on the trademark application in the bi-weekly “Biuletyn Urzedu Patentowego”.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
Protection begins with the date of application. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months from the expiration date of the trademark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been put to genuine use for the goods covered by the registration, for a period of 5 successive years after a decision on the grant of a right of protection has been taken, it may be subject to revocation, unless serious reasons of non-use thereof exist (with respect to IR Marks the period of 5 successive years is counted from the date of publication in the Official Gazette ‘Wiadomości Urzędu Patentowego’ of the registration - registration means acknowledging the protection in Poland). Subsequent use of the trademark can restore protection if no party has requested revocation due to non-use in the meantime.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee for a papertrade mark application is PLN 450, for an electronic trademark application is PLN 400 for one class and PLN 120 for each additional class in both aforementioned forms. The registration fee is PLN 400 for each class and a further PLN 90 as publication fee.
Practical details on licensing procedures, requirements and effectiveness are available in our publication on this topic here.
Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

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Managing Partner Dorota Rzazewska

Managing Partner Dorota Rzazewska
Sienna Center, ul. Zelazna 28/30
00833 Warsaw
Poland (PL)
Tel +48 22 43 60 507
Fax +48 22 43 60 502

JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys is one of the top Polish IP law specialists providing comprehensive and business oriented assistance in IP protection and litigation in Poland and Europe.

For over 25 years it has been helping local and international businesses in protecting and managing their IP assets.

JWP is recognized and high scored in international rankings. It has been chosen the winner of the MIP Firm of the Year 2017 Global Award.

Practice Areas:
Patents, Trademarks, Designs, Copyrights, Anti-Counterfeiting, Litigation, Unfair competition, Due Diligence, Transactions, FTO reports, Portfolio management, Searches, EP Validation, Plant varieties, Strategic advice

Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Agricultural, Food, Chemical, Mechanical, Medical devices, Automotive, Telecommunication, Electronics, IT/Software, Video Gaming, Materials, Oil & Gas, Media & Publishing, Banking, Fashion

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Kulikowska & Kulikowski

Jaroslaw Kulikowski

Jaroslaw Kulikowski
Roma Office Center, ul.Nowogrodzka 47A
00-695 Warsaw
Poland (PL)
Tel +48 22 621 52 02
Fax +48 22 621 61 50

We are one of leading law firms in Poland specializing in the field of intellectual property and rendering complex legal services to both national and international companies with respect to trademarks, inventions, utility models, industrial designs, topography of integrated circuits, geographical indications, domain names, copyrights, unfair competition or company names. The scope of our activities covers any and all services related to obtaining, maintaining and managing exclusive rights as well as their enforcement in the case of infringements.
With 22 years of experience in the intellectual property field, we have won recognition both on the local and international markets, which is confirmed inter alia by the international award we received – Winners of Managing Intellectual Property’s Polish IP Firm of the Year Award 2009 – and our long term co-operation with big and prominent Polish and international corporations, such as TP S.A. (Polish Telecommunication), GPW S.A. (Warsaw Stock Exchange), Wyborowa S.A., Agros Holding S.A., 3M Company, Procter & Gamble, Sanofi Aventis, Syngenta, L’Oréal, Danone, Kraft Foods, Novartis, GSK, Diageo or Shering, to mention but a few.

Polish Patent Office
Al. Niepodleglosci 188/192
00-950 Warsaw
Skr. PO 203
Tel +48 22 57 90 00 0 (Switchboard)
Fax +48 22 57 90 00 1

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Avenida de Europa, 4
03008 Alicante
Tel +34 965 139 100
Fax +34 965 131 344

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8