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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

The average time frame for the registration approval is 4 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.


If I register my trademark in the United Kingdom, do I have protection in other territories?

When you register your trademark in the UK, it will be protected in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Falkland Islands.

Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

No. It is not a filing requirement and will not be needed during prosecution. 

Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

Yes. There are a number of benefits from pre-filing use: 

  • Show distinctiveness of mark
  • Dismiss oppositions based on non-distinctiveness
  • Invalidate a similar registered mark if use is earlier than the date of its application
  • Establish reputation and obtain better protection
Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

Yes. Not using your trademark makes it vulnerable to cancellation or revocation.

What are the types of trademark that can be registered in the United Kingdom?

Registrable marks are those that can be interpreted graphically and can make the business distinct from its competitors: words, slogans, names, devices, sounds, scents, holograms, motions, touch, taste, 3-dimensional shapes and colors.

What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in the United Kingdom?

The application will go through 3 phases: 

  1. Examination – The application must comply with respect to formalities, classification, descriptiveness, distinctiveness and clarity.
  2. Publication – The filing details will be posted online including the mark itself, goods/services involved, applicant’s name and address, date and number of application, information about priority claim, and the trademark’s representation.
  3. Registration – After the prosecution, and if no opposition was filed, the issuance of registration will come next.
What type of trademark is non-registrable?

This jurisdiction prohibits the registration of the following: 

  • Marks that go against standards of moral or marks that interfere with public order
  • Words or terms that have a broad meaning
  • Marks that represent the Royal Family
  • Applications made in bad faith
  • Words that are illegal in the UK
  • Marks that does not show distinctiveness
  • Marks that are deceptive
  • Unauthorized use of flags/symbols/names of international organization and states/nations
  • Marks that serve as names of geographic location
Does the United Kingdom use the "Nice Classification" system?

Yes. United Kingdom uses the Nice Classification system.

Is European Union Trademark valid in United Kingdom?

No. The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union due to Brexit became effective as of February 1, 2020.

Is there any possibility to claim priority in the United Kingdom?

Yes. You may claim priority in this jurisdiction when you meet the following requirements:

  • The date of the application in your home country does not exceed 6 months from the date of application in this jurisdiction
  • Your home country must be a signatory of the Paris Convention
What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

This jurisdiction requires that you use your registered trademark within 5 years from the date the registration process was completed. This is calculated from the date your registration was published in the Trade Marks Journal. Use must take place in this jurisdiction and number of use can be minimal.

Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

Validity of registered trademarks in the UK lasts for 10 years starting on the date of application.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

Renew your trademark 10 years from the date you filed your application.

Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

Yes. You can legally use your mark even if it’s not yet registered.

Does having a registered trademark in the United Kingdom afford me any right?

Yes. You have to register first your trademark before you can obtain any right.

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Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

Yes. You must be actually using the mark or you must intend to use the mark in order to apply for registration.

What are the grounds for a Trademark Application to be opposed?

Your application may be opposed on the grounds of: proprietary rights, breach of copyright, marks proven to be non-registrable, application in bad faith, and any mark that go against the UK law.

Who can contest my trademark registration?
Is it possible to cancel a registration?

Yes. The following are grounds for cancellation of a registered mark: 

  • Mark is proven to be unregistrable (refer to list of non-registrable marks)
  • Proprietary rights
  • Breach of copyright
  • Non-use
  • Violation of rights of registered and unregistered designs
  • Violation of rights under Article 6septies, Article 6bis and Article 6ter of the Paris Convention
  • Bad faith
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

Yes. As owner of a registered mark, you will enjoy the following rights: 

  • Exclusive rights to use and benefit from the mark
  • Right to oppose and request the cancellation of conflicting applications
  • Right to formally appeal to court against third parties that use identical mark
  • Right to obtain damages from third parties that are guilty of infringement
  • Right to give license to other businesses to use the mark
  • Right to request for the confiscation of counterfeit goods from customs authorities
How long is the opposition period?

The opposition period starts on the date the application is published in the Trade Marks Journal and it will end two months after the date of that publication. This time period can be extended by another month when a request for extension is granted.

Is the United Kingdom a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. The UK is a member of the international treaty, Madrid Protocol.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

No, it is not required to present periodic statements of use.

When should I renew my trademark?

Renewal of trademark must be done every 10 years.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

Renew your trademark 10 years from the date you filed your application.

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

No. Documentation is not necessary for the renewal of registered trademarks.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

When your trademark expires, you still have 6 months to renew it.

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