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United Kingdom Trademark Registration 

In order to obtain trademark protection in United Kingdom you can register your trademark in two ways: First option is that you request registration in the entire European Union with one single application; this can be done via the European Union Trademark which grants trademark protection in the 28 country members of the EU (more info here). Second option is that you register directly your trademark in United Kingdom. If you want to proceed this way please follow the steps described below.

A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in United Kingdom through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 5 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

  • If I register my trademark in the United Kingdom, do I have protection in other territories?

    When you register your trademark in the UK, it will be protected in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Falkland Islands.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    No. It is not a filing requirement and will not be needed during prosecution. 

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

    Yes. There are a number of benefits from pre-filing use: 

    • Show distinctiveness of mark
    • Dismiss oppositions based on non-distinctiveness
    • Invalidate a similar registered mark if use is earlier than the date of its application
    • Establish reputation and obtain better protection
  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Yes. Not using your trademark makes it vulnerable to cancellation or revocation.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in the United Kingdom?

    Registrable marks are those that can be interpreted graphically and can make the business distinct from its competitors: words, slogans, names, devices, sounds, scents, holograms, motions, touch, taste, 3-dimensional shapes and colors.

  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in the United Kingdom?

    The application will go through 3 phases: 

    1. Examination – The application must comply with respect to formalities, classification, descriptiveness, distinctiveness and clarity.
    2. Publication – The filing details will be posted online including the mark itself, goods/services involved, applicant’s name and address, date and number of application, information about priority claim, and the trademark’s representation.
    3. Registration – After the prosecution, and if no opposition was filed, the issuance of registration will come next.
  • What type of trademark is non-registrable?

    This jurisdiction prohibits the registration of the following: 

    • Marks that go against standards of moral or marks that interfere with public order
    • Words or terms that have a broad meaning
    • Marks that represent the Royal Family
    • Applications made in bad faith
    • Words that are illegal in the UK and the EU
    • Marks that does not show distinctiveness
    • Marks that are deceptive
    • Unauthorized use of flags/symbols/names of international organization and states/nations
    • Marks that serve as names of geographic location
  • Does the United Kingdom use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. United Kingdom uses the Nice Classification system.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for the United Kingdom?

    Yes. The European Union Trade Mark registration is effective in the UK. This is formerly called as the Community Trademark.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in the United Kingdom?

    Yes. You may claim priority in this jurisdiction when you meet the following requirements:

    • The date of the application in your home country does not exceed 6 months from the date of application in this jurisdiction
    • Your home country must be a signatory of the Paris Convention
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    This jurisdiction requires that you use your registered trademark within 5 years from the date the registration process was completed. This is calculated from the date your registration was published in the Trade Marks Journal. Use must take place in this jurisdiction and number of use can be minimal.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    Validity of registered trademarks in the UK lasts for 10 years starting on the date of application.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    Renew your trademark 10 years from the date you filed your application.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    Yes. You can legally use your mark even if it’s not yet registered.


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