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Benelux trademark protects Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg. In order to obtain trademark protection in Benelux you can register your trademark in two ways: First option is that you request registration in the entire European Union with one single application; this can be done via the European Union Trademark which grants trademark protection in the 28 country members of the EU (more info here). Second option is that you register directly your trademark in Benelux. If you want to proceed this way please follow the steps described belows.
Step 1 - Trademark Comprehensive Study
Before filing your trademark in the Belarus, you must evaluate any issues that may arise during the registration process. Our Comprehensive Study not only lists similar trademarks (graphic and phonetic) that may conflict with yours but also provides you with an Attorney's opinion on the trademark registration possibilities and the class(es) that your goods/services belong to.
Trademark Class Recommendation
Graphic & Phonetic Similarity Trademark Search
Trademark Attorney's Analysis & Advice
Step 2 - Trademark Registration Request
Specialized attorneys file your Trademark Application in the Belarus and carry out all the necessary formalities to bring your application before the Belarus Trademark Office for approval and registration. As soon as your trademark is filed, we send you a filing report that includes an application number and date, plus a scanned copy of the filed trademark application.
Process Handled by Experienced Trademark Attorneys
Filing the Report & a Scanned Copy of the application
Tracking the Registration Process Online
Step 3 - Trademark Registration Certificate
Once your trademark application is approved, our attorneys complete all the formalities necessary to obtain the registration certificate in the Belarus. After the certificate is issued, it is forwarded to your address along with a registration report specifying the registration number, registration date, and any special consideration that should be taken into account in the Belarus.
Process Handled by Experienced Trademark Attorneys
Delivery of Registration Certificate & Report
Monitoring & Notification of Important Dates
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 Frequently Asked Questions
Trademark Registration
Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

The average time frame for the registration approval is 10 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

If I register my trademark in Belarus, do I have protection in other territories?

The registered trademark obtains protection only in the territorial limits of the Republic of Belarus.

Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

Yes. Applicants are required to sign a Power of Attorney.

Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

There are minimal benefits from the pre-filing use of a trademark namely:

  • Can be used as a proof of the mark’s distinctive quality.
  • Can be used to cancel oppositions on the grounds of non-distinctiveness
  • Can be used to claim priority if the territory is a Paris Convention member 
Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

Yes. When a registered trademark remains unused for consecutive 3 years, a third party may file for a cancellation order and the court may also cease giving protection for the registered mark.

What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Belarus?

The following signs or marks are registrable in Belarus:

  • Names
  • Colours
  • Words
  • Get-up or trade dress
  • Shapes having 3 dimensions
  • Well-known marks
  • Service marks
  • Collective marks
  • Combination of the above marks
What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Belarus?

Application for a trademark in Belarus goes through 4 phases.

  1. The first phase is called “formality examination.” At this stage, the application is examined according to compliance with requirements.
  2. The second phase is called “examination” where the application can be refused by trademark officers on the grounds of proprietary rights or an earlier registration.
  3. The third phase is called “registration” where the mark is registered once it passed the first and second phases.
  4. The final phase is called “publication.” At this stage, information about the mark is published for third parties to see and file for the opposition if necessary.
What type of trademark is not registrable?

The following signs or marks are NOT registerable in Belarus:

  • Marks that are against principles of public morality or policy
  • Marks that use international, regional/state/national name or flag and symbols
  • Marks that do not show distinctiveness
  • Marks that are considered as generic
  • Marks that are primarily used as a surname or family name
  • Marks that are descriptive of the goods/services’ purpose
  • Marks that use universal terms or symbols
  • Marks that resemble or represent the shape of a product
  • Marks that mislead consumers about the product’s origin, nature or producer
  • Marks that mislead consumers about the origin of spirits, liquors or wines
  • Marks that have a strong resemblance to another trademark that may confuse consumers
  • Marks that use protected geographic indications
Does Belarus use the "Nice Classification" system?

The system of Nice Classification is followed in Belarus.

Does the Community Trademark apply for Belarus?

The Community Trademark does not take effect in Belarus.

Is there any possibility to claim priority in Belarus?

Yes. Applicants may claim for expedited processing if these conditions are met:

  • The Paris Convention is effective in the applicant’s home country
  • The application in his home country was filed within 6 months preceding the application in Belarus
  • International Registration is recognized in Belarus
What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

Trademark owners in Belarus are mandated to use the mark within 3 years from the date of registration. Use must be for commercial purpose and must take place within the jurisdiction of Belarus.

Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

The validity of a registered mark lasts 10 years counting from the date when the application was filed.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

Count 10 years from the date when the application was filed.


Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

It is legal to use unregistered trademarks for commercial purposes such as selling of services/goods.


Does having a registered trademark in Belarus give me any right?

It is mandatory to register a trademark in order to secure ownership rights. The rule “first to file” is effective in Belarus.

What is the web address of the trademark national office?

The online address of Belarus trademark office is available @

Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

No. Applicants are not required to use or to have the intention to use the mark prior to application.

Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

Yes. Third parties may oppose an application on these grounds:

  • Conflicting or earlier registration
  • Violated rights under the Paris Convention - Article 6bis
  • Marks that use protected names or places of origin in Belarus
Who can contest my trademark application?

All affected parties or anyone may contest the application for a trademark.

Is it possible to cancel a registration?

Yes. A registration of a trademark is cancellable on these grounds:

  • Conflict with an earlier registered mark
  • Breach of copyright
  • Rights in a media, company or personal name
  • Mark is functional, generic, descriptive, and/or deceptive
  • Rights in a design
  • Rights under the Paris Convention specifically Article 6bis, Article 6ter, Article 6septies and Article 8
  • Marks that contradict principles of morality or public policy
  • Marks that consist of a geographical indication
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

Yes. A registered trademark secures the owner of the following rights:

  • Right to use the mark exclusively
  • Right to petition for the cancellation of a later conflicting application
  • Right to petition for the removal of confusingly similar trademarks from fake goods
  • Right to file for an infringement case against third parties that are copying or using the mark without permission
  • Right to demand for damages from infringing parties
  • Right to appeal for the destruction of advertising materials – print and internet – that use a confusingly identical mark
  • Right to appeal for the confiscation of counterfeit goods using the registered the mark
  • Right to provide license to interested parties to use the registered mark
How long is the opposition period?

Third parties may start opposing an application on the date it was published on the patent bulletin and will end 5 years after that date.

Is Belarus a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. Belarus is a signatory of both the Madrid Protocol and the Madrid Agreement.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

Statement of trademark use is not required.

When should I renew my trademark?

Renewals are done every 10 years from the last renewal date.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

Count 10 years from the date when the application was filed.

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

Yes. The following documents must be presented when renewing a trademark: certificate of state fee payment, application for renewal, and a power of attorney.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

You have 6 months grace period to restore an expired trademark.

Basic Concepts
What is a trademark?

A trademark identifies a company’s products and services and distinguishes them from those of its competitors in the market. The name (the verbal element) is not the only component of a trademark—figurative elements such as logos, design, images, colors, and sounds also create an identity that can be protected by trademark registration.

With the registration, the owner (person or company) becomes the owner of the trademark. The registration is given for a particular country/territory, for certain products or services, and for a specific term. While the registration is in force, only the owner may use the trademark in the market where the trademark is registered.

 Some symbols to consider:

® Means the trademark is registered.

TM Some countries use this trademark symbol to show that the trademark has been filed at the trademark office and is still undergoing the registration process.

SM Some countries use this service mark symbol to show that the service mark has been filed at the trademark office and is still undergoing the registration process.

What is the difference between a trademark, patent and copyright ?

You can lay claim to your work in many ways. Trademarks, patents, and copyrights offer protection to intellectual property owners. A trademark helps people find your goods and services. When recognized as a registered mark, it protects your right to exclusively use the image, logo, phrases, or words to distinguish your goods or services from others in the market.

patent safeguards ideas and inventions. It gives a creator or inventor exclusive rights that prevent other people from making, using, or profiting in any way from an invention or creative innovation without the consent of the inventor.

You cannot patent an idea alone (otherwise we’d all be doing it). You must materialize your concept into a tangible invention, innovative product, device, or process that offers new solutions to an existing problem.

Copyright protects all types of original published, performed, and printed creative works of art, literature, and music. It prevents people from using, reproducing, or distributing copyrighted works without the permission of the artist, author, composer, etc. Types of work covered by copyright protection include:

  1. a) artwork (2 or 3 dimensional),
  2. b) photographs, graphic drawings, and designs as well as other forms of creativity;
  3. c) songs, music, and sound recordings of all kinds;
  4. d) books, manuscripts, publications, and another written work; and
  5. e) plays, movies, shows, and other performance arts.


Trademarks, patents, and copyrights are all examples of ways you can protect your intellectual property. Your rights to control and benefit from your efforts are increasingly important in our global economy. Registering a formal claim to your property is a critical step in protecting what you own.

What is the difference between TM, SM, ® and other symbols?

The symbol of a circled letter R after a trademark name or graphic image means that the preceding trademark has been registered. Various typographic symbols indicate copyrights and patents. The presence or absence of a symbol does not change the validity of the registration, but the best practice is to use circle‑R or circle‑C for copyrights every time you mention your intellectual property in print. These symbols give legal grounds for claiming damages in trademark litigation. The following is a list of some typical marks you can use on a web page, in written content, or even in a marketing letter.

  • TM: The TM or trademark symbol indicates an unregistered trademark for one of 34 different classes of products. Owners use this symbol to claim the preceding name or logo as the Trademark of their product.
  • SM: The SM or service mark symbol is similar to the TM symbol except it indicates a claim to a mark for a service (one of 11 classes of service) rather than a tangible product.
  • ®: Use the ® symbol once you’ve registered your trademark or service mark. It shows that the country authority has approved the registration.
  • ©: Use the © symbol to indicate copyrighted material. The copyright notice should appear on the material as Copyright © followed by the date the work was created, the copyright owner’s name, a period, and finally “All Rights Reserved.” Like this: Copyright © 2021, John Smith. All Rights Reserved. Use it whether the copyright has been registered or not.
  • Patent Pending: The phrase Patent Pending shows that you filed a patent application but cannot guarantee the application's approval.
What are trademark classes?

Trademark Offices around the world use classes to divide commercial products and services into defined categories.  When you apply for your trademark to protect your brand, you must define the class or classes that you believe best describe your business activity. 

Countries around the world have standardized 45 classes (34 for products and 11 for services) for international use under the Nice International Classification.

These classes group all known products and services. If applicable, you can register the same trademark in more than one class; for example, you may register the trademark KING for computers in class 23 and register the same trademark in class 24 for cosmetics. 

Trademark protection only extends to commercial use within your specified classes.  It is, therefore, possible for two entities conducting business in different classes to use identical or similar trademarks and for each entity to enjoy full trademark protection in their respective classes. If you feel that protection should extend to include more than one class, you can choose multiple classes under which to conduct business.

You can search for your trademark class with this Trademark Class Search tool.

Trademark Search
Why do I need to perform a trademark search?

Once you have a product or service and think you have a name for it, how do you know you can use it as your own? What happens if you unintentionally use a registered trademark name? 

Too many people use a name without knowing whether or not they have the legal right to do so. They organize massive marketing campaigns with names they later find they’re not allowed to use. Performing a comprehensive search before deciding which trademark to register is a wise thing to do, especially when you consider future risks of litigation.  

It is a good idea to carry out some research before starting to do business with a trademark. It may not be in your best interest to use a mark if another company is already actively conducting business in the same class.  The other company may object to you using the trademark and legally prohibit you from doing so.

Do I need an Attorney to perform a Trademark Search?

No, you don’t, but if you have little or no experience dealing with trademarks, we suggest you seek professional help. Our company offers a Comprehensive Trademark Study service. The Study gives you details of the classes in which you might want to register your trademark; it also lists identical and similar trademarks, and finally, you get an Attorney's recommendation about registration possibilities and use of your trademark.

Where can I perform a trademark search?

If you know a little about trademark registration, you can search using any online trademark search tool. If not, we recommend that you hire a trademark attorney or trademark service like to handle your trademark registration requirements, especially the trademark search because the process is complex and relatively time consuming.

Please note that if you don’t manage to complete the application process correctly, the registration can drag on for several months and end up costing far more than you intended to pay. The trademark search is a critical part of the process.

A broad trademark search is essential in today's marketplace, given the increasing number of unregistered and common law trademarks. Globalization also raises the question of entering international markets and registering trademarks in foreign countries to protect both your brand and your property rights.

Please note that even a completed comprehensive trademark search does not necessarily guarantee your trademark will be accepted and registered. A  Comprehensive Trademark Study includes an extended review process and, more significantly, a formal evaluation of the likelihood that your application will be successful.

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