When your application has been received, BIP SXM makes a note of the date and time of receipt, of which you will receive confirmation. The data you have stated on the form is then entered into our system.
First of all, a check will be carried out to see whether your application complies with the minimal requirements:
These are the minimum requirements that have to be fulfilled; if they are not, your application is inadmissible. In other words, no application is deemed to have taken place.
The filing date is set at the date on which these requirements have been fulfilled. It is very important that the payment has been received at the same time of the application. Otherwise, the filing date will be postponed to the date at which we receive your payment.
The filing date is important for determining priority of your trademark versus the rights of others.
Once the filing date has been determined, your application will become the responsibility of one of our members of staff. They will check whether all the requirements have been fulfilled and contact you if any additional further details are required. The goods and services referred to will then be arranged into classes in accordance with the international Nice classification.
If your application meets the various requirements, your trademark will be registered. This registration will then be published. You will receive a certificate of your registration.
To maintain this exclusive right, you must use and monitor the trademark, ensure timely renewal of your registration and keep the information up to date (if you change your logo, you must submit a new application). You are solely responsible for taking action against infringers.