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UK Trademark Registration Guide

Updated:2018-9-14 17:39:55    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:55

UK Trademark registration is one of Tannet’s UK business package services in addition to UK company formation, UK barcodes application and UK VAT registration. A solid trademark is essential to communicate to clients and the wider public, and a must-have in terms of promotion. UK trademark registration should be applied for through the UK Intellectual Property Office. There are no nationality restrictions concerning who may apply for or own a UK registration. Below is a guide for UK trademark registration.

UK Trademark Registration Advantages
A trademark is one of the most fundamental signs of what a company is, what it does and what it represents. As such, it's a vital marketing and advertising tool and must be protected from the outset so that competitors can't make use of it and profit from the original business idea. A registered trade mark has the following benefits:

1. Having your trademark registered gives you the exclusive right to use your trademark in UK for the goods and services in which it is registered.
2. Having your trademark registered is prima facie evidence of your ownership of the trademark and allows you to use the remedies under the trademarks act in preventing others from using your trademark.
3. Having a registered trademark, it is much simpler for you to take legal action against those who uses your trade mark without your permission.
4. Your registered trademark becomes your property which may be sold or licensed to others.

What Can and Cannot Be Registered
Your trade mark must be unique. It can include:
Words; Sounds; Logos; Colors; or a combination of any of these.

However, your trade mark cannot:
1. be offensive;
2. describe the goods or services it will relate to;
3. be misleading;
4. be a 3-dimensional shape associated with your trade mark;
5. be too common and non-distinctive;
6. look too similar to state symbols like flags or hallmarks, based on World Intellectual Property Organization guidelines.

Required Information
To file an application, you need provide the following:
1. Details of what you want to register, for example a word, illustration or slogan
2. The trade mark classes you want to register in;
3. Details of the applicant (name and address).
4. List of goods/services.

UK Trademark Registration Procedures
Once you’ve submitted your application, there are several steps need to be gone through. All timings are approximate and will vary according to each individual mark. The whole process will be like this:

1. Check if you can register your trademark;
2. Search trademark database (check if similar or identical trademark is already registered in the same or similar area of goods or services);
3. Classify the goods and services of your trademark;
4. Apply for registration;
5. Examination report issued;
6. Publication (if the examiner has no objections your application will be published in the trade mark journal for 2 months, which can be extended to 3 months);
7. Opposition (should your application be opposed, we will contact you);
8. Grant for Registration;
9. Certificate issuance.

The registration process takes about 4-6 months if no-one objects. Once registered, the trademarks last 10 years and you can renew it after that time. Registering a trade mark in the UK only protects your brand in the UK.

Contact Us
If you have further inquires, please do not hesitate to contact Tannet at anytime, anywhere by simply visiting Tannet’s website www.tannet-group.net, or calling Hong Kong hotline at 852-27826888 or China hotline at 86-755-82143512, or emailing to tannet-solution@hotmail.com. You are also welcome to visit our office situated in 16/F, Taiyangdao Bldg 2020, Dongmen Rd South, Luohu, Shenzhen, China.

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