Trade marks

How we help our clients 

Our specialist trade mark attorneys protect the rights of global brand owners in markets as diverse as automotive, consumer goods, sports, food and drink, clothing, pharmaceuticals and leisure.

Our trade mark team understands the importance of making your company stand out and have its own identity, and how vital it is to protect your brand from inevitable threats. The effective management of a trade mark portfolio encompasses the delivery of a wide range of services. These include:

  • Trade mark portfolio management
  • Dedicated support and reporting
  • Trade mark availability searches (including brand availability analysis for new products and services)
  • Applications (UK, EU and international), registrations, filing and renewal services
  • Monitoring and watching services
  • Oppositions (including revocation and invalidity proceedings) and contentious IP proceedings
  • Online brand protection & enforcement services 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF
TRADE MARK PROTECTION

A trade mark is a ‘sign’ (most typically a word or logo) that distinguishes your brand from those of your competitors. Once registered, it can be used to prevent anyone else using the same or similar mark for identical and similar goods and services. Trade marks are an asset to the business and can help the business grow. 

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HOW THE
TRADE MARK FILING PROCESS WORKS


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Searching

Comprehensive searches should be undertaken to determine whether a third party has rights that could pose an obstacle to the registration of your mark. 

 

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Filing

Once a comprehensive list of goods/services has been agreed between you and your attorney, the application will be filed at the Trade Marks Registry. Official filing details will be received within a few days of the application being submitted.  

 

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Examination

The Registration will assess whether the mark is suitably distinctive and determine if the list of goods/services is adequately defined. It will also conduct its own search of the register and let you know if there are any earlier marks it regards as similar to your own. If any objections are raised, you will be given 2 months to respond/remedy. 

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Publication for Opposition

Details of the application are then published for any third party to oppose, should they so wish. The owners of earlier UK marks identified in the Registry's search may be notified of your application. The publication period is 2 months. although a potential opponent is entitled to a one month extension of time. If oppositions are received, these can prove costly and timely to resolve, and they can delay the application for many months. However, we always strive to resolve any such disputes amicably. 

 

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Registration

If oppositions are not received or they are overcome/settled, the application will progress to registration.

 

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Certificate Issued

This will usually follow within 3 weeks of registration. Where an application becomes registered in a straightforward manner, the entire process will take 4- 6 months. 

 

Meet the
team

Margaret Arnott
Partner
Paul Cozens
Partner
Robert Hawley
Partner
Gary Johnston
Partner
Daniel Ramos
Trade Mark Assistant
Harry Rowe
Associate
Laura West
Managing Associate