One of the nice things of practicing trademark law is the international character of the work. Everyday we come in contact with different cultures throughout the world. We also notice remarkable local trademark rules.
For example, registering trademarks in the Maldives is impossible, placing an advertisement in a local newspaper gives you the maximum protection you can get.
Also, registering trademarks for services in Suriname? Impossible, only trademarks for products are accepted.
And did you know that the owner of an European trademarks automatically obtains trademark rights in French Guiana, Reunion, Martinique and Guadeloupe? These are overseas regions of France and thus part of an European trademark.
In the event you have experiences some funny or strange local rules, please contact MarkMatters.com. Please also send us photo’s of the trademark offices in your country (or elsewhere). The above photo is of the trademark office of the Dominican Republic.
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