Trade Marks Solicitors, London. International.
It is important to distinguish trade marks from other types of registration, such as company names or domain names. Simply registering your company at Companies House does not provide trade mark protection for that name. Likewise it is also important to note that simply registering a domain name does not automatically count as registration.
Registering and protecting your trade mark will be one of the most essential actions you can take to build the reputation of your business and to use it as a brand identifier and marketing tool.
We will advise you on the many different forms that trade marks can take and all the possible advantages of registering your mark. Our lawyers will act quickly in protecting you where there has been an infringement of your trade mark or if you/your company is accused of infringing another company’s trade mark.
Trade Mark Services
Trade marks are governed in the UK by the Trade Marks Act 1994 and there are two symbols firstly ™ (the trademark symbol) and secondly ® (the registered trademark symbol) which can be used to indicate trademarks.
The first is usually used in connection with an unregistered mark however it does not guarantee that the owners mark will be protected under trade mark laws. The latter is only for use by the owner of a trade mark that has been registered and its mis-use (i.e. connecting it with an unregistered mark) is in most jurisdictions an offence. Once registered with the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) a trade mark is valid for a period of ten years when it is then eligible for renewal.
There are three different spellings in the English language, ‘trade mark’ which is predominantly used in the UK, ‘trademark’ is the USA term, and ‘trade-mark’ which is the Canadian expression – and we at KaurMaxwell can help with all.