By Linda Tancs

As has been reported previously on this blog, turnaround time in the U.S. for a straightforward, uncontested trademark application averages 12 to 14 months (or less, if you’re very lucky).  An interesting factoid for you to file away is that the fastest turnaround time for registration is in—drumroll, please—Benelux.  An expedited registration procedure there will get you a registration number in a matter of days.  Thereafter, the mark could still be refused by the registry or opposed by a third party, but if you need to establish rights quickly somewhere, Benelux may be for you.