What is a trademark?

A trademark registration is a sign and is used to distinguish goods and services. Other companies cannot use these. Trademark will usually include a word, symbol or logo that differentiates the company. It is essential to understand that the trademark will protect only goods and services of a certain type in your class that you choose.

The Trade Mark Registry breaks down all goods and services into 45 categories.

Why register a trademark?

It is a protection for your brand from others who want to profit from the brand name or reputation. It also differentiates you from the competition and enables the customers to differentiate your brand from others.

Note that:

  • Not all applications will be accepted
  • To be considered the trademark must be distinct
  • If the mark is very similar to the one that already exists it will not be accepted
  • It is advisable to search for similar marks in the Patent Office advisory service prior to application
  • The trademark cannot be altered or added on to once the application is sent
  • The fees are non-refundable

International Trademark Registration

When registering with the UK Patent Office the trademark is assuring only within UK. However, there are different ways to protect your trademark internationally, one of the most common ones for Europe is The Community Trade Mark System.

It is applicable for goods and services throughout the European Union and allows to protect a trademark with one single registration in 27 countries. Typically, if there are no objections or oppositions during the application process, the registration will take around 12 months. In order to register trademarks internationally, you can use The Madrid Protocol. Additionally, to find out more information about the application process, visit the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) website.

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