A unique brand creates an unmistakable distinction that customers will recognise and appreciate when comparing similar products or businesses in a market. Registering a trade mark allows the owner to protect their brand and prevent competitors from using the same or a confusingly similar marks. Additionally a trade mark registration may be regarded as an asset of the business and will have an intrinsic value. Bridle IP can help with everything, from trade mark searches to trade mark registration, exploitation, and oppositions both in the UK and overseas.
Our experienced trade mark attorneys can help you achieve your long-term business goals.
A trade mark is something which identifies goods or services as originating from a particular source. People typically associate certain characteristics with the goods or services from that For example, soft drinks bearing a particular mark have a specific taste and cars bearing a particular mark have certain qualities associated with them.
No, a trade mark can be used for goods or services without being registered. However, without a registration for the mark, you may not be able to stop a competitor using the same or a similar mark for their goods or services.
Anything that can be represented graphically can potentially be This includes words, logos, pictures and even musical scores for sounds which are associated with a particular brand.
In order for a mark to be registered, it must be distinctive. This means that it must be memorable in some way.
However, there is a list of exclusions which would prevent a mark from being These include the following:
We would be happy to advise you if there is any doubt about whether or not a mark may be registered.
No, however it is advisable to do so. Once a mark has been registered, the owner of the mark is then entitled to use the ® symbol. Even if a mark has not been registered, marks which are being used as trade marks can be identified as such by use of the suffix “TM”.
It is important to note that trade marks are territorial. This means that they only provide protection in the country in which they are registered. In other words, a UK trade mark will only prevent use of the mark in the UK. However, you would be able to prevent use of the mark on goods imported into the UK.
As the owner of a patent, you can prevent manufacture and sale of a product, or use of a process, in the patent territory. You can also prevent importation into that country. However, the rights conferred by a patent do not extend beyond the country that has granted the patent.
An application must be made to the relevant Intellectual Property Office. You can make the application yourself or you can appoint a Trade Mark Attorney to act on your behalf. Trade Mark Attorneys are professionally qualified people who are experienced in applying for trade mark registrations on behalf of clients and dealing with the subsequent procedures.
A trade mark registration can last indefinitely, provided that periodic renewal fees are paid.