Trademark Germany: Reply to office action / provisional refusal of the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) by Trademark Lawyer!

For national or international trademark applications claiming protection as a trademark in Germany at the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) in Munich, an office action / irregularity notice / provisional refusal is issued from time to time e.g. due to absolute grounds of refusal. As IP professionals / “Trademark Lawyer” (German and European Patent Attorney and German Certified IP Lawyer) we have extensive experience in dealing with such office actions against German trademarks at the GPTO and in responding to such provisional refusals / irregularity notices to ideally overcome such objections and get trademark protection in Germany.

Total or partial provisional refusals of protection of trademark applications in Germany are e.g. based on the following grounds for refusal:

  • An indication in the list of goods and services cannot be accepted for being too vague (e.g. “retail store services“) which requires a specification
  • Absolute grounds for refusal, e.g. if a trade mark cannot be reserved for a single holder but should be kept free for competitors, if the trademark is seen as devoid of any distinctive character or if the trademark is seen as a descriptive indication / sign in respect of the goods / services claimed, whose use must be kept free for all competitors or if the trademark application is seen as misleading
  • A trademark with non-Latin characters (e.g. for trademark applications which consist of Chinese or Cyrillic letters) doesn’t meet the requirements (e.g. in case they have no translation, no transliteration etc.)

Our experienced “German Trademark Lawyer” (German Patent Attorney as well as European Patent, Trademark and Design Attorney and Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer) deals with irregularity notices or provisional refusals of the German Patent and Trademark Office for years.

Our German Patent and IP Law Firm is e.g. specialized in handling these types of office actions (provisional refusals) of the GPTO and also offers flat fees (fixed prices) depending on the expected effort. Please contact us if you need further information to overcome the provisional refusal or if you require a cost estimation for handling this matter.

Just get in contact with our German Trademark Firm with Patent Attorney (European Patent, Trademark and Design Lawyer) and German Certified IP Lawyer to find out more, how we can assist you.