UK Trademarks, UK Trademark Registration

By: Trademark Registration Services - Trademarkit  04/12/2010
Keywords: intellectual property, Registered Trademark, trademark

A UK trade mark registration will give you the exclusive right to use your mark in the UK in respect of the products for which it is registered. The registration will enable you to prevent others from using not only the same trade mark, but also any confusingly similar marks in certain circumstances. Only a trademark registration will provide this legal right.

A trade mark can be any sign that distinguishes the goods or services of one business from those of others. It can be a word or words, a design, letters, numerals, a slogan, a shape, a colour or a combination of colours. However, whatever form the trade mark takes, in order to be capable of registration it must be distinctive. That is to say, it must be capable of distinguishing your goods or services from those of other traders. It is not possible to register marks that describe the goods or services or any characteristics of them (for example, words that show the quality, quantity, purpose, value or geographical origin of the goods/services), or words that are commonplace in the trade.

We will always tell you before filing any application if we think that your trade mark is unlikely to be accepted by the Registry. We can provide you with guidelines for choosing a distinctive trade mark, or suggest ways in which your trade mark may be amended to increase the chances of success. We will provide this advice free of charge.

For administrative purposes, and to assist with searching, different goods and services are grouped into 45 classes. We will advise you of the correct classes depending on the particular goods or services of interest to you.

The process of obtaining a UK trademark registration will normally take about 5-6 months, assuming that no serious problems are encountered.

The registration will remain valid for 10 years, and can be renewed for further 10-year periods on payment of a renewal fee.

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