Registering a trademark for a food product.

Registering a trademark for a food product.

Update date: 10/06/13

Competition in the food products sector is remarkable. For this reason, most companies that sell products are protected by industrial property. Primarily through trademark registration to protect the names that sell the products but also patent to protect the product itself (must be new) and by industrial design to protect the packaging.

In this post we will talk mainly about how to protect food products through trademark registration.

The trademark registration offers the holder an exclusive right but with limitations. First, the trademark does not protect everything, but only a few specific products and services (Nice classification). Second, the trademark only protects a specific territory, for example Spain or the European Community.

The most relevant classes for food products are almost the 29, 30 and 31.

  • Class 29: Meat, fish, poultry and game; Meat extracts; Preserved, frozen, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; Jellies, jams, compotes; Eggs; Milk and milk products; Edible oils and fats
  • Class 30: Coffee, tea, cocoa and artificial coffee; Rice; Tapioca and sago; Flour and preparations made from cereals; Bread, pastry and confectionery; Ices; Sugar, honey, treacle; Yeast, baking-powder; Salt; Mustard; Vinegar, sauces (condiments); Spices; Ice
  • Class 31: Grains and agricultural, horticultural and forestry products not included in other classes; Live animals; Fresh fruits and vegetables; Seeds; Natural plants and flowers; Foodstuffs for animals; Malt

For the registration of a trademark is very advisable to hire the services of an IP Firm, as Volartpons, since protection strategy set for maximum protection with minimum resources.

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