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How to Register a UK Trademark on a Shoestring

Discussion in 'Intellectual Property & Trademarking' started by Mark, Sep 4, 2010.

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    Mark

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    If you're looking to register your core brand(s) as a trade mark then here's a handy little guide to getting it done:

    Read more here...

    :)
     
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    AdamW

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    Click no work :(
     
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    AdamW

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    Clicky now does work :)

    Good guide and £200 for 10 years doesn't seem bad!
     
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    All Seasons IP

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    That guide does seem good. I would recommend getting my firm to file it for £269 all inclusive (price valid until end of month).

    Best wishes

    All Seasons IP
     
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    andicrook

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    What about international?

    Andrew
     
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    VeryMark

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    Our website has plenty of free information and initial advice is free.

    We can advise on and help with international registration too, for example via a Community Trade Mark for the EU or an International (Madrid) Registration on a wider basis.
     
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    VeryMark

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    Yes, and it can also be simple to get it wrong too if you do it yourself, and there are some serious errors and omissions in the "advice" given in the Patent Factory blog post - the Intellectual Property Office's own guidance notes are of more value.

    Oh, and it's a three page form - or four pages if you print out the blank paper form, although one of those is redundant.
     
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    VeryMark

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    Thank you, Charlie ........ I am sure your book is worthwhile.

    But let me tell a true story.

    I was approached by a mobile phone company for help in recovering their domain name which they had discovered had been registered by their ex-website designer in his own name - something else to watch out for by the way.

    They had already registered their name - a basic word mark - as their trade mark, they said.

    As they were a mobile phone company, they had registered their name as their trade mark for mobile phones in Class 9 of the register, it was quite easy they said.

    As you say, quite straightforward and simple, yes?

    Except that they were a mobile phone retailer, and retailing services are in Class 35, and they had registered for branding their own mobile phones and marketing own-brand phones in Class 9, which they didn't do and had no intention of doing.

    So their simple, straightforward trade mark registration in Class 9 was invalid and worthless, and a complete waste of money.
     
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    VeryMark

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    Yes, Charlie, we have a free Naming Resources page here on our website which helps you to do just that.
     
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    Timberman

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    Many of the online trade mark search systems are good for initial limited searches e.g. the website of the UKIPO at Intellectual Property Office - Welcome to the Intellectual Property Office does basic trade mark searches. However, a trade mark registration prevents the use not only of an identical mark for identical goods/services which many of these search systems should pick up but similar trade marks and goods/services. Its quite an art deciding what is and is not similar and many of the search systems available for free online are not great of picking up all the variables. If you want to be sure you should seek the advice of a trade mark attorney (www.itma.org.uk).

    You have very limited opportunity to amend trade mark applications after filing. Get it wrong and you could get it wrong big time.

    Horses for courses, as with any form of law, do it yourself and take the risk, it may turn out OK and you save money, use an expert and you pay more but it could save a lot of time and money. Up to you.
     
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    Mark

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    Do small businesses routinely protect their brand/IP these days?
     
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    jonathan

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    Trademark only worth getting if you are prepared to defend it to any means ?
     
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    Timberman

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    A trade mark registration is not only an offensive weapon, but defensive. It makes it clear you claim ownership of the mark and a UK Registration is a statutory defence to an infringement action based on a UK Registration. Some further information:

    www .hgf.com/ip_information.asp
     

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