Trade marks can be words, slogans or logos and are used to distinguish goods and services from other such goods and services in the marketplace. A registered trade mark can be used to deter others from using your mark on similar goods or services.

The necessary steps following a first consultation are likely to be carrying out a search for existing trade marks, and then based on the results of this search, preparing a specification of your goods and/or services. After we file your trade mark application, the trade mark is then officially searched and examined by the UK or overseas intellectual property offices. We keep you up to date throughout the examination procedure and will correspond with you when we receive news.

Trade marks are territorial rights, and you may require UK, European or additional overseas protection. We have an extensive network of foreign associates and are thereby well-placed to advise on your most appropriate filing strategy.

The registration process may vary in length from one to four years. Once registered, a trade mark needs to be renewed every ten years and we can provide reminders when necessary.