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Trade marks

Trade mark application

Your brand is the most easily recognised intellectual property asset of your business, which is why it is important to protect it. You can do this by registering your trademark, whether this be a word, sound, logo or colour, with the trade mark database.

The process of registering a trade mark usually takes around four months, as long as there are no objections, and the registered trade mark will last 10 years. Registering a trade mark in the UK only protects your brand in the UK - there are different processes in place for registering EU and interntional trade marks. Before you register your trade mark, it's a good idea to search the trade mark database to check if anyone has already registered a similar or identical trade mark for the same or similar goods or services.

Our Intellectual Property experts can talk you through the process in more detail so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Once you have registered your trade mark, you will be able to take legal action against anyone who uses your brand without your permission, including potential counterfeiters. It will also enable you to sell and license your brand and use the ® symbol next to your brand to show it belongs to you and warn others against using it.

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