Trademark Registration in Germany can be obtained in 3 different ways:
1. Through a national trademark registration for Germany, only valid for Germany and not for other countries.
2. Through an international registration (WIPO) with country designation Germany and the possibility to also designate other countries that take part in the Madrid Protocol.
3. Through a Community Trademark Registration, which has validity for all 28 countries of the European Community including Germany.
Countries included in a Community Trademark Registration are Austria, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.