Liechtenstein Trademark registration
Liechtenstein is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
A trademark application has to be filed before the “Amt für Handel und Transport” by a local agent. A non-legalized power of attorney is sufficient. The original power has to be submitted. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration
The application process includes a formal examination and an examination of distinctiveness, but no search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 4-6 months from first filing to registration. After registration, the trademark is published in the journals “Liechtensteiner Vaterland” and “Liechtensteiner Volksblatt”.
A trademark registration in Liechtenstein is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office. INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION (MADRID SYSTEM)*: If you already have filed a trademark application or have a trademark registration in one or more countries of the Madrid Union (based on the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol), you can obtain trademark protection by filing one single application, so called International Registration (Madrid System). *Note: The fees for an International Trademark Application (WIPO) will be calculated for each individual country or multiple countries. For a quotation please send us an e-mail with the name of countries where you currently have a registration and all preferable countries where you wish to extend your trademark protection.
Duly note, if the trademark has not been used for a period of 5 consecutive years from registration, it may be vulnerable to cancellation due to non-use. Protection can be restored, when the trademark is started to be used after a 5-year period of non-use if no third party has requested cancellation due to non-use in the meantime.