TRADEMARK REGISTRATION IN TURKMENISTAN
The effective protection of a trademark is necessary in avoiding pitfalls and potential losses especially in cases of infringement or unfair advantage by third parties. For total enforcement of trademark rights, the registration of the trademark is paramount; and although not as straightforward as it might seem, with the assistance and guidance of a well experienced and highly knowledgeable trademark attorney, the successful prosecution of a trademark application is possible.
Two known ways of protecting a Trademark:
The following should be taken into account for REGISTRATION OF A TRADEMARK IN TURKMENISTAN:
Anyone claiming to be the proprietor of a trademark may apply for the registration of the trademark. Nationals and foreigners have equal right in this regard but a foreign applicant must be represented by a Turkmenistan Attorney.
CLASSIFICATION OF GOODS
The International (Nice) Classification of goods/services (latest edition).
POWER OF ATTORNEY REQUIREMENTS
Notarization or Legalization is not required for the Power of Attorney; but the company’s stamp, if it is used, should be placed on the signature as well as the date of signing.
The procedure for obtaining Trademark registration in Turkmenistan is full examination of the Application without the opposition period. The first stage after filing is formal examination, and the second stage is the substantive examination.
Trademark search is not obligatory for Trademark Registration in Turkmenistan, but it is highly recommended in order to avoid confusing similarity of your trademark to already registered and applied trademarks, which can result in a refusal. It is possible to estimate from the search and evaluations of our experienced Turkmenistani Trademark Attorney, the possibility of receiving a refusal on the application, and if so the chances and strategies needed to overcome this refusal.
In this estimation the following factors would be assessed:
This precursory assessment of the protectability of the trademark assists the applicant in minimizing unnecessary costs while weighing all available options in the protection of the trademark.
The following information and documents are required for Application filing:
Formal examination: The formal examination entails checking the compliance of the application and accompanying documents with statutory requirements.
Substantive Examination. In the substantive examination, the mark is thoroughly examined in respect of distinctiveness, similarity (or being identical) with existing trademarks on the Register of Trademarks, and compliance with the requirements of the Trademark Law and Rules of Trademark Examination.
In case of a refusal, our Turkmenistani Trademark Attorney will carefully review the refusal to provide a Legal Opinion and discuss with the Applicant or representing attorney, the options available in overcoming said refusal.
TIME FROM FILING TO REGISTRATION
If no obstacles, generally eighteen (18) to twenty-four (24) months.
There’s no opposition period in Turkmenistan. However a warning letter can be filed before the decision on registration is made by the PTO.
The registration is valid for ten (10) years from the filing date.
While valid for 10 years, the lifespan of a Trademark can be extended through a request for a renewal. This renewal request can be filed within six (6) prior to the expiration date of the trademark. The renewal is valid for ten (10) years. The trademark registration may be renewed within a six-month period following its expiry, provided that an additional official fee is paid for the late renewal.
The following information and documents are required for renewal:
DECLARATION OF USE
NON-USE GRACE PERIOD
The non-use grace period is three (3) years from the trademark registration (publication) date.