Trademarks—Poland—Q&A guide
Trademarks—Poland—Q&A guide

The following IP practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Trademarks—Poland—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the primary legislation governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?
  • 2. Which international trademark agreements has your jurisdiction signed?
  • 3. Which government bodies regulate trademark law?
  • 4. Who may apply for registration?
  • 5. What may and may not be protected and registered as a trademark?
  • 6. Can trademark rights be established without registration?
  • 7. Is a famous foreign trademark afforded protection even if not used domestically? If so, must the foreign trademark be famous domestically? What proof is required? What protection is provided?
  • 8. What are the benefits of registration?
  • 9. What documentation is needed to file a trademark application? What rules govern the representation of the mark in the application? Is electronic filing available? Are trademark searches available or required before filing? If so, what procedures and fees apply?
  • More...

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to trademarks in Poland published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: August 2020).

Authors: Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners—Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak

1. What is the primary legislation governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?

The primary legislation governing trademarks in Poland is the Act of 30 June 2000 (Journal of Law 2020, Item 286).

2. Which international trademark agreements has your jurisdiction signed?

Poland has signed the following international trademark agreements:

  1. the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks;

  2. the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks;

  3. the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights;

  4. the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks;

  5. the Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks;

  6. the Trademark Law Treaty;

  7. the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property; and

  8. the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks.

3. Which government bodies regulate trademark law?

The Patent Office is a central government agency responsible for industrial property matters. It is subordinated to the Council of Ministers, and the Minister of the Economy supervises its activities.

The Patent Office’s responsibilities include receiving and examining trademark applications, granting or refusing trademarks and adjudicating trademark cases.

4. Who may apply for registration?

Any natural or

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