We get asked a lot of questions, so here are the answers to the more popular ones.
Your trade mark must be unique. It can include:
For UK trademark applications that do not encounter objections or oppositions, the process will not usually take more than about 4-6 months.
If there are official objections, or oppositions from third parties, then the process can take much longer. Importantly, protection will date back to the filing date of your application and anyone who has been using your mark illegally since that date will have been infringing your rights and may be liable to you in damages.
Both UK and EU trademark registrations are valid for ten years. Registrations can be renewed for further ten-year periods on the payment of a renewal fee.
Yes. A trademark is similar to other property you may own. It may become very valuable and you can sell it (known as an assignment) if you wish. We can advise you on the legal requirements.
There is no requirement for you to identify your trade mark as registered. The TM symbol merely indicates that you view the particular sign as your trade mark. It can be used on either an unregistered or a registered mark. You can use the ® symbol or the abbreviation "RTM" (for Registered Trade Mark) to show that your trademark is registered. You should be aware that it is an offence to indicate that a trademark is registered when it is not.