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How long is a trademark or trade name granted for?

Ten years from the date of application. After ten years the trademark and/or trade name must be renewed. The trademark and/or trade name can be renewed indefinitely.

The SPTO will advise you in plenty of time when the period is due to expire. It is important that you notify the SPTO of any change of address. It is advisable to indicate an e-mail address as your preferred method of notification, as this is the quickest way of receiving notifications.

Notwithstanding the above, it is important to bear in mind that some national registrations awarded under the old trademark legislation are still valid and therefore, if the application date was prior to 12 May 1989, it is worth consulting the Office’s information services to find out the next renewal and payment dates for your trademark or trade name.

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