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Trademark registration in the United Kingdom

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  • Trademark fees

Fees associated with filing the trademark application in the United Kingdom as well as other trademark fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Multiple-class applications

Multiple class trademark applications are possible in the United Kingdom.

  • Filing requirements in the United Kingdom

The official languages of proceedings before the UK IPO is English.

For obtainment of the date of filing a trademark application in the United Kingdom must contain:
- request for registration of a trademark;
- name and address of the applicant;
- list of the goods and/or services;
- representation of the trade mark;
- proof of payment of the prescribed fees.

Currently, the legislation of the United Kingdom does not require filing a Power of Attorney when filing a trademark application.

The submission of the Priority Document is not usually required.

The term for filing a trademark application in the UK claiming conventional priority is six months from the priority date.

  • Examination, publication and opposition to a trademark application in the United Kingdom

Once a trademark application has been accepted by the UK IPO, it undergoes formal and substantive examinations.

If a trademark application has been accepted by the Registrar, it is published in the Journal. Within two months of publication, any person may file a duly reasoned objection to a registration of trademark application. The said term may be extended for an additional month.

  • Grant, validity term and trademark renewal

No official grant fee is required to be paid. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of application. The registration is renewable for successive periods of 10 years. An application for renewal must be filed 6 months before the expiration date of the registration. The trademark may be renewed within six months after the renewal due date providing that a corresponding surcharge has been paid.

  • Duration of registration procedure

The processing time from first filing to registration is approximately 6 months providing that no objections are raised by the Registrar during the examination and no oppositions are filed.

  • Use requirement

Registration of the trademark in the UK can be cancelled on the grounds of non-use upon a third party’s request if it has not been used for five years from registration of a trademark.

  • Representation by a trademark attorney

For foreign applicants residing outside the United Kingdom or the European Economic Area (EEA), it is recommended to perform the trademark prosecution in the UK through an agent, a registered UK trademark attorney, or a foreign lawyer, provided that he has an address for service within the EEA.

  • Notes

1. Online Search Databases: UK Trademarks, EU Trademarks, International Trademarks.
2. Trademark protection in the United Kingdom may also be obtained via registration of the European Union Trademark.

The above information was verified on 25.01.2019
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with the UK IP Laws.

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