Our IT & engineering team is one of the leading practices in the sector. Our attorneys have unparalleled expertise in this area and work with a wide range of clients, from entrepreneurs, startups, spinouts and SMEs, through to large multinational corporations, research institutions, technology consultancies and universities.
This document is an informal guide to the process of obtaining patent protection. It explains some jargon and addresses many frequently asked questions to guide you along and to help make the process of instructing us simpler. This guide is directed to the patent process. If you require advice on the process of obtaining trade mark or registered design protection please let us know.
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It is important to note that as the UK leaves the European Union, EU trade marks (EUTMs) will still be valid in the other 27 member countries of the EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
E-Commerce is an ever-growing market, particularly in Asia where online shopping has doubled in the past three years. Online marketplaces have contributed to a significant proportion of this, and are now increasingly causing issues for international brand owners, due to the sale of counterfeit products. This is extremely prominent in the beauty and apparel sectors but is also encountered in the automotive, engineering and technological markets.
Choosing a trade mark for your new company or product can be a daunting prospect, particularly as the mark you choose will be the main tool on which consumers will rely to recall your brand. For this reason, it is best to create a strong trade mark at the outset to ensure that your brand stands out from the crowd and ultimately adds value to your business.
A step-by-step guide to obtaining an EU trade mark.
A step-by-step guide to obtaining a UK trade mark.
For many, brand protection will mean the registration of that brand as a trade mark in all countries of trade or manufacture. However, obtaining protection is often just the first step in a long process of consistent monitoring and action, particularly for brands that attract a following making them vulnerable to counterfeiting or copying. Once the brand is registered, there are multiple additional services that one can employ in order to protect the brand and reduce the in-house burden.
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