What information do I need to provide in order to file a trademark application in the EU or the UK?

The full legal name of the applicant (either your company or your personal name) The full address of the applicant. The trademark name. If you are filing for a logo, we need to see the logo. If you are using a few color variations, please send them all as filing in black and white in the [...]

By |2019-06-06T19:06:20+00:00June 6th, 2019|, , |0 Comments

Can I register a geographically descriptive trademark in the UK?

If a trademark is not a generally known geographic location to the average UK consumer, then, a trademark containing a geographic location should be registrable. Trademarks containing geographical place names are likely to receive objections when they designate a geographical name which, in the minds of the target consumers, is already associated with the products [...]

By |2019-05-18T15:49:08+00:00May 18th, 2019||0 Comments

Classification of Goods and Services in a Trademark Application (class headings)

Every trademark application must list the specific goods and services that the trademark will cover. Products belong to classes 1 to 34. Services belong to classes 35 to 45. Products are tangible, you can touch them. Services are intangible. Below is a rough classification (class headings) just to give you an idea of general categories  [...]

What are different types of names? Company name vs business name vs domain name vs trademark?

What is the difference between company name, business name, domain name and brand or trademark? What are different types of company, domain, business or brand names? Let's get the names straight to avoid confusion. Company name: Legal name of the company, either registered federally or in a certain state (or province in Canada). Example: Microsoft Corporation [...]

By |2018-12-01T21:33:45+00:00November 12th, 2018|, , , , , , |0 Comments

What are considered absolute grounds for trademark refusal?

Some trademarks cannot be registered on absolute grounds. It's important that your trademark does not fall in any of the categories below in order to be registrable: your trademark does not function as a trademark, i.e. as a source indicator your trademark clearly descriptive of goods or services your trademark is generic and is merely [...]

By |2019-05-07T15:48:40+00:00December 14th, 2018|, , |0 Comments

Do I need to register a trademark if my business incorporated?

If you simply business incorporate or register a corporate name, it doesn't mean that the government approved for you to use the name as a trademark. If we take a US LLC, as an example, every state has its own laws about business names. You can register your LLC name in Delaware but the business name registration [...]

By |2018-12-01T21:43:36+00:00November 12th, 2018|, , , , , , |0 Comments

What is the difference between a UK and EU trademark?

A UK trademark only protects you in the UK, which consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is no protection outside of the UK. A UK trademark is filed in the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). A trademark filed in the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is called an EU trademark (formerly known [...]

By |2018-09-19T16:31:00+00:00September 1st, 2018|, , |0 Comments

Why is it important to monitor newly filed trademarks in the EU and the UK?

Trademarks Office in the EU  and the UK will not refuse your trademark if there is a prior filed or previously registered similar trademark. Instead the Trademarks Office in the EU and the UK only looks at absolute grounds (i.e. if the mark is deception or descriptive, it may be refused). However, if there is [...]

By |2018-09-01T22:08:13+00:00September 1st, 2018|, , |0 Comments

Do I have to use my trademark in the UK prior to filing? Do I have to use my trademark after registration?

In the United Kingdom, no use is required in order to file an application. In fact, you don’t even need to specify any use dates. No use is required in order to obtain a trademark registration. To maintain your trademark, it must be put to use in the UK within 5 years of registration. If the [...]

By |2018-08-04T22:46:09+00:00August 4th, 2018|, |0 Comments
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Anita Mar
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