Trademark Registration in United Kingdom

United Kingdom Trademark Registration – How to Register and its Benefits

Why do you need a Trademark Registration in United Kingdom?

To get trademark protection in United Kingdom, you can do trademark registration in United Kingdom in the following ways: You can request for registration in the whole of European Union with one single application. You can do this via the European Union Trademark that offers trademark protection in about 28 member countries of the EU. Second way is to register for a trademark directly in United Kingdom

A trademark attorney will process a trademark registration in United Kingdom by performing the below steps:

Step 1. Trademark’s Comprehensive Study:

Before filing for trademark registration in United Kingdom, it is important to find all probable obstacles that could hinder the registration process. This study helps in making a list of all similar trademarks (graphically or phonetically) that might conflict with the one selected by you.

Step 2. Request of Trademark Registration:

The next step is that an attorney files for your particular trademark registration in United Kingdom and fulfils all needed steps in the Trademark Office for getting approval of registration. After the trademark is filed, the filing report with the application number, date, and a scanned copy of the complete application is sent to you.

Will I have any right after having a registered trademark in United Kingdom?

Yes. You need to register your trademark first before you can get any right.

Can someone oppose a Trademark Application?

Yes, it can be opposed on the basis of the following:
  • Violation of proprietary rights
  • Bad faith
  • Descriptive or non-distinctive mark
  • Resemblance with a notorious mark
  • Trademarks that can go against the UK laws

If I get trademark registration in United Kingdom, will any rights get established?

Yes, the following rights get established by registration:
  • Exclusive usage of the trademark
  • Oppose any conflicting or similar trademark applications
  • Take legal action for any infringement
  • Get compensation for infringement
  • Allot license to third-parties to use the trademark
  • Appeal to seize fake goods from customs authorities

Is United Kingdom a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. United Kingdom is a member of the Madrid Protocol.

Is there any timeline or the approval of trademark registration?

The average timeline for approval of the registration is 5 months, provided no objections or oppositions happen.

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

After trademark registration in the United Kingdom, it will get protection in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and also in the Falkland Islands.

What are the various kinds of trademarks permitted to be registered in United Kingdom?

  • Words
  • Colours
  • Slogans
  • Scents
  • Holograms
  • Motions
  • Touch
  • Names
  • Trade dress/get-up
  • Devices
  • Three-D shapes
  • Taste
  • Shapes

Which kind of trademarks are not registrable?

  • Opposing moral standards
  • Anything that is a threat to public order
  • Generic marks
  • Trademarks representing the Royal Family
  • Applications in bad faith
  • Words which are illegal in the UK and the EU
  • Does not have distinctive qualities
  • Considered as geographical names
  • Illegal use of flags/symbols or names of any global organization and states/nations

Post the trademark registration in United Kingdom, for how many years is it valid?

The initial term of a trademark registration is 10 years (calculated from the application date).

When will I have to renew my trademark?

Renewals can be done every 10 years from the last renewal date.

What would be the renewal date for a trademark?

The first renewal date is after 10 years from the application date.

What documentation is needed while renewing a trademark?

No documentation is needed for renewals.

Do I get a grace period after my trademark expires?

There is a grace period of 6 months.

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