A trade name is a title that gives the owner exclusive rights over the use of any sign or name used to identify a company in commercial trade. As with industrial property titles, trade names are independent from the company names registered with the Commercial Registry.

See Law 17/2001 of 7 December on Trademarks.

The protection afforded by Distinctive Signs has a duration of ten years from the date of application and can be renewed indefinitely. A fee must be paid to ensure that Distinctive Signs remain valid (a different scale of fees applies to trademarks under provisional procedure, please contact the office for details).