Spain: An attractive country for investment
Setting up a business in Spain
Investment aid and incentives in Spain
Labor and social security regulations
Intellectual property law
Legal framework and tax implications of e-commerce in Spain
Company and Commercial Law
The Spanish financial system
Accounting and audit issues
- What is intellectual property?
- What is the registration principle?
- What is the territoriality principle?
- How to overcome the limits of territoriality?
- What are the most important conventions signed by Spain?
- Can intellectual property rights be market?
- What changes are expected in the spanish intellectual property legislation?
- What is a trademark?
- What factors need to be borne in mind to register a trademark in Spain?
- What are the ways of registering a mark in Spain?
- How do you obtain a Spanish trademark?
- Grounds for refusal of a trademark application
- How long does Spanish trademark registration last?
- What is an international Trademark?
- How to obtain an international trademark?
- Who can file an international trademark?
- What is an EU trademark?
- Who can file an EU trademark?
- How to obtain an EU trademark?
- What checks does the EUIPO conduct when it receives the application?
- EU… and international trademark?
- How long does an EU trademark last?
- Protection of inventions in Spain
- Plant varieties
- Industrial designs
- What are industrial designs?
- What is novelty and individual character?
- How can you obtain protection in a design?
- How do you obtain a Spanish design?
- How long does a Spanish design last?
- How do you obtain a Community design?
- How long does a Community design last?
- What does an unregistered Community design consist of?
- How do you obtain an international design?
- Topographies of semiconductor products
- Unfair competition
- Trade secrets
- Action against infringement of intellectual property rights
- Appendix I – Reference to official fees for 2023
- Appendix II – Intellectual property conventions
Intellectual property law
Spanish Intellectual Property (“IP”) legislation is consistent with other EU Member States’ IP laws. Spain has ratified the most relevant international treaties in this field, which entails that non-Spanish nationals may obtain protection of their IP rights in Spain, and that Spanish nationals may obtain such protection in virtually every other country in the world.
This Chapter describes the different ways existing to protect IP rights (trade marks, patents, utility models, plant varieties, industrial designs, topographies of semiconductor products, trade secrets, copyright and computer software) in Spain, also focusing on the legal remedies available against IP infringement.