UK Trade Mark

UK Trade Mark Registration

We offer intellectual property (IP) services, including UK trade mark registrations and related trademark attorney services as a cross-border service. As your trade mark agents and trademark lawyers we offer an uncomplicated, personal, non-technical registration process for the United Kingdom. Protect your brand by registering it as a trade mark – learn here how to apply, fees, responding to objections to your trade mark, using the ® symbol.

When you register your trade mark in the UK, you’ll be able to:

  • take legal action against anyone who uses your brand in the UK without your permission, including counterfeiters;
  • put the ® symbol next to your trade mark – to show that it’s yours and warn others against using it;
  • sell and license your UK trade mark.

The trade mark Registration process in SEVEN steps in THE UNITED KINGDOM

First, receipt of your mark / brand or logo followed by …

Finalizing the list of goods ans services of the trademark

Following that, payment of the trademark application fee

A trademark search (optional)

Trademark application at the UK IPO online

In case of a smooth application, publication of the mark and passing the opposition period without opposition

Finally, receipt of the Certificate of Trade Mark Registration by mail (in some cases by email)

The UK trade mark registration procedure in more detail

Speed

It is a great advantage that you can get a UK trademark certificate as soon as four-five months. If we follow the above seven steps, then the process is mostly uncomplicated. Be noted that applicants from outside the United Kingdom need a trademark agent to represent them at the UK Intellectual Property Office. 

Before application

Trademarks are registered for certain goods / services. To build your list of goods / services, we recommend using http://tmclass.tmdn.org/ec2/ since the UK IP Office uses a harmonized database and it is available in many languages. One trade mark can have multiple classes in the UK and there is no restriction or extra fee for adding more goods / services. The usual marks are word and device marks. For any other type of marks, please contact us so we can evaluate the chances or registration. Contrary to popular belief, no documents are needed for the trademark application. However, we will ask you to make sure that the name and address of the applicant are correct. If the UKIPO refuses the application, you would loose the application fee and the trademark agent’s fee in addition to your investments in the brand.

Trademark search

You can rely on your market knowledge and market search. This is very important. A trademark search is of course also important, but you basically can expect oppositions from your competitors. If you are not familiar with the UK market, we can help you out and run some specific internet searches to learn about your competitors. As a result, at the day of application, you will exactly know how risky a UK trademark application is. Ultimately it is your decision to take business risks. It is our task to clear you up about them. Obviously, if a mark is risky, you can wait until the end of the opposition period before investing in it more moneys. 

UK Trade mark Fees – Clear & Fixed –

UK Trade mark application IN ONE class OF GOODS / SERVICES

GBP 170

The sign can be a word or device mark, or a more special sign

We never charge for the registration of the trademark, nor does the UK IPO

This is the statutory fee what we pay as the UKIPO’s British trade mark fee. Please ask for our fees

TRADEMARK APPLICATION IN EUROPE IN ADDITIONAL CLASS(ES)

GBP 50

This is the discounted official EUIPO fee for the application in two or more classes

We do not charge hidden fees, for example fees for forwarding the certificate of registration

The legal fees and representation before the office, are not included

RENEWAL OF A EUROPEAN TRADEMARK IN ONE CLASS OF GOODS / SERVICES

GBP 200

Our fee is not included but we never charge for receipt, checking or forwarding of the Certificate of Registration

The official UK trade mark renewal fee includes all foreseeable costs

ASSIGNMENT / TRANSFER OF A UK TRADE MARK

GBP 50

Available after application of the trademark at the UKIPO

As UKIPO representatives will get back to you soon and provide you with a competitive quote.

UK PROFESSIONAL trade mark search

– ask for a quote –

This extended search includes hits that may be confusingly similar in the UK and WIPO registries

We gladly check if your mark has been registered by the UK IPO, with a free trade mark search. This should only serve as a starting point

Opposition, CANCELLATION, refusal

– ask for a quote –

Defense and offense

Or to overcome an ex officio refusal or objections of the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO FILE A UK TRADE MARK APPLICATION?

To file a UK trade mark application we do not need a Power of Attorney or authorization. However, we need the full name, address, postal code of the applicant. We also need your list of your products / services.

HOW MANY PRODUCTS DO I NEED?

It is really not about the number of goods, but to have a coverage. Above all, the goods / services must be covered that you will use in the next few years for sure. It also makes sense to take a step back a little and think in categories, not just about the current product line.

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS FOR UK TRADE MARK APPLICATIONS?

The biggest pitfall of them all is lack of individual character. For instance, if the trademark is descriptive, it will not function as a brand properly and will be refused by the UK IPO. In other words, if you seek a UK trade mark registration you have to come up with something different. On the other side, the second biggest pitfall is a conflicting earlier mark. Later, this could lead to the cancellation of the trademark. However, this risk can be minimized by trade mark and market search.

HOW LONG IS A UK TRADE MARK PROTECTED?

The protection lasts ten years and can be renewed again and again. We would gladly assist you in the renewal of your trade mark . If you want to renew a UK trademark, you should consult us in due course. It only makes sense to renew a trade mark if there is a commercial purpose of it.
The renewal process is fairly simple, however, close attention must be paid to the deadlines and formalities..

ARE THE STATUTORY FEES FOR A UK TRADE MARK TAXED?

Official fees of the UK IPO have zero VAT.

ARE THE UK TRADE MARK FEES FAIR AND LOW?

As far as we know, the prices for UK trade marks are really low. Your case will be handled by an EU attorney or European trade mark agent. Moreover, the cost of a UK trade mark is much lower than the cost of European trademark. However, if you also have business in the France, Germany, etc., then a French or German trademark registration or a European trademark may be also ideal. Generally, if you have business in many EU countries, you should consider a European trademark.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A UK TRADE MARK?

Any natural or legal person, irrespective of nationality or place of business, including authorities established under public law.

WILL MY BRAND BE AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED?

No. The UK IP system is unique and has some special features and particularities. Not all marks may be eligible to be protected as a UK trade mark. It is therefore essential to consult an experienced trade mark attorney before the trademark application.

WILL YOU BE ABLE TO REPRESENT MY UK TRADE MARK AFTER THE BREXIT?

Yes, we have the license to represent you before the UKIPO.