An applicant that does not have its domicile or principal place of business or a real and effective commercial establishment within the European Union must be represented by a professional representative. A list of representatives can be found on the EUIPO website.
An applicant that has its domicile or principal place of business or a real and effective commercial establishment within the European Union may either act on its own behalf or appoint a representative.
If the representative has already filed an application with EUIPO, they will have an EUIPO Representative ID number. If you know this number, you can use it when required. Otherwise, you will have to complete all the necessary representative information. A new representative can be either a legal practitioner or an employee representative.
- Legal Practitioner
A legal practitioner must be qualified in an EU Member State and entitled to act in that Member State as a representative in trade mark or design matters and have their place of business in the European Union. A legal practitioner may be linked with an existing association of representatives, in which case the ID of the association should be used.
N.B.: Under Polish law, Polish legal practitioners cannot be selected as representatives for EUTM e-filing.
- Employee Representative
Where the employee representative is employed directly by the applicant, it is sufficient to give their name and surname. Where they work in a company (with a real and effective establishment in the EU) that has economic connections with the applicant, information on the nature of those connections and the name of the company must be given.