A Trademark ™ is a sign used by an individual, business organisation or other legal entity, to distinguish its goods and services from those of competitors. It can be words, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies and distinguishes your goods or services from those of others. Registering your trademark gives you the exclusive right to use it in the UK, and can help to protect your brand from infringement.
- Trademark registration can be a complicated process and mistakes can be expensive and time-consuming so hiring a professional is advisable.
- We provide you with all help you need to professionally register your trademark.
- Trademarks can be registered in one or more of up to 45 classes. (We charge £100 for each additional class required for registration)
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It is important to note that some Trademarks are not registrable if they are entirely descriptive of goods or services.
What are the benefits of registering a Trademark?
There are many benefits to registering a trademark, including:
- Exclusive rights: Once you register your trademark, you have the exclusive right to use it in the UK. This means that no one else can use the same trademark for the same or similar goods or services.
- Preventing infringement: Registration can help to prevent others from using your trademark without your permission. If someone does infringe on your trademark, you can take legal action to stop them.
- Building your brand: A registered trademark can help to build your brand and create a strong reputation for your business.
- Intellectual property protection: Registration can help to protect your intellectual property assets.
What is the timeline for registering a Trademark?
The timeline for trademark registration in the UK is as follows:
- 2 months: Your application will be published in the IPO's trade marks journal.
- 2 weeks: If your application is not opposed, it will be registered.
- 3 months: Your registered trademark will be granted.
Renewing Your Trademark
A registered trademark in the UK is valid for 10 years. You must renew your trademark every 10 years in order to keep it in force.
Registering a trademark in the UK is a valuable way to protect your brand and your intellectual property. The process is relatively straightforward, and the benefits of registration are significant. If you are considering registering a trademark, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
Trademark Registration Frequently Asked Questions
A:Trademarks are signs used by an individual, business organisation or other legal entity, to distinguish its goods and services from those of competitors. It can be for example words, logos, design, image, phrase or a combination of these elements.
A:You can only properly protect your business name if you register it as a trademark, simply forming a new company will not be enough.
Trade mark registration allows you to put the © Copyright, ® Registered or ™ Trademark symbols on your logo or brand for the goods or services that it covers and stops others from using your brand identity or specific Trademarked terms or graphics. It gives you the automatic right to take legal action against anyone who uses your trademark without your permission. Some trademarks go on to be worth millions so you can sell it or franchise it as it is your property.
Leaving your trademark unregistered can mean that another business may register your company name as a trademark and therefore acquire the legal rights to use your business name.
A:The only way to register your trade mark is to apply to The Intellectual Property Office.
When applying, it is important that you conduct a search to check no one else has registered for the same or a similar trade mark for the goods or services. Get your trade mark right and list all the goods and services as you can't amend after your application has been submitted.
A trademark is registered for ten years, after which it will need to be renewed every 10 years in order to maintain the owner rights over it.
A:Registration usually takes round 4-6 months if the examiner doesn't raise objections and it isn't opposed. However, it can take longer if any objections are raised by owners of similar registered trademarks or by The Intellectual Property Office.
A:Trademarks are registered in one or more of 45 classes, with goods in Classes 1 to 34 and services in Classes 35 to 45.
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