Questions about trademarks

Here we answer the most common questions we get about trademark.

Is a trademark registration the right thing for me?

You might also need a patent and a design registration. Read more about different intellectual properties.

The difference between different intellectual properties. 



I want to protect a name/trademark, how do I do that?

To protect a name or logotype you need to apply for a trademark registration. You can apply through an online application or use a paper form that you send in by regular mail. If you use the online application you may get a reduced fee, compared to if you use the paper form.

Applying for trademark registration

How much does a trademark application cost?

Even if your application is not approved you need to pay the fee, since it covers the handling of your application. You can find the current fees for a trademark application here:

Fees and payment 

How long do I have to wait before PRV make a decision?

You can find updated information about how long our handling process takes, here:

Time to response

What does the classes mean?

When you apply for a trademark registration you need to describe for what kind of goods and/or services you use your trademark. To do this, you need to use the Nice classification system and choose goods and/or services from the appropriate classes. There are 45 classes where 1-34 are different goods and 35-45 are different services.

Classify your goods and services

How do I know what classes suits my trademark?

It all depends on what goods/services your trademark will be used for. Our Customer support can help you, if you find it difficult. Here you find more information.

Classify your goods and services

How do I submit my application?

Online service: The application is submitted via the service online.
Post: PRV, Box 530, 826 27 Söderhamn, Sweden.

How do I learn more about trademarks?

You can learn more in our PRV School online.

PRV School online, trademarks

Can I register my trademark internationally?

A community trademark is valid within the European Union. You can apply for a European trademark registration by filing an application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). You can read more about the community trademark on the EUIPO website:

EUIPO, European Union Intellectual Property Office (external website)

If you have filed a Swedish trademark application, you can apply for an international trademark registration with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The trademark will be valid in one or more of the countries that are affiliated with the Madrid Protocol. To apply for an international trademark registration with WIPO you need to have filed a national trademark application or have a nationally registered trademark. You send in your application to PRV and we will forward it to WIPO. You pay an administrative fee to PRV, as well as an application fee to WIPO. You can read more about the international registration on the WIPO website:

WIPO, World Intellectual Property Office (external website)

For how long is a trademark registration valid?

A trademark registration is valid for ten years. After that it can be renewed for ten years at a time, an unlimited number of times. 

How do I find out who owns a specific trademark registration?

You can search the Swedish trademark database. You can also contact our customer service to find out who is the owner of a trademark. 

Swedish Trademark Database (opens in a new window)

Can I get information about whether a specific company or person has applied for or owns a registered trademark?

You search the Swedish trademark database. You can also contact our customer support and they will let you know.

Swedish Trademark Database (opens in a new window)

What is the difference between a company name and a trademark?

A company name is the name of a registered business. A trademark is used to represent goods or services. A company name can hinder a trademark being registered, and vice versa.

What do the symbols ™ and ® mean?

™ Trademark
™ is used to show that for example a word or a logo is being used to represent a specific trader. The use of this symbol does not have any legal significance in Sweden.

® Registered
The ® symbol is used to show that a trademark is registered. The use does not have any legal significance in Sweden. However, it is in violation of The Marketing Act to use the symbol for trademarks that have not been registered.
Traders sometimes use the ® symbol.

You may use a representative

We have put together a guide for choosing a representative, a trademark agent.

Choice of trademark agent

Any further questions?

Our customer support is here to answer your questions. They can also help you to come in contact with our experts, if needed. Our customer support also has a broad network of innovation operators and can guide you to the right ones if you need additional information or support.
Contact customer support by telephone: +46 8 782 28 00