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5 reasons why you must register your trade mark

5 Reasons Why You Must Register Your Trade Mark Before You Do Anything Else

It’s true to say there is nothing from stopping you using your trade mark if it’s not registered.  That’s why so many business owners don’t bother.  But they’re missing the point of trade mark registration. Look at it this way. As your business grows, so does your reputation. However, what happens when someone else decides […]

May 28, 2019 Rachael
Intellectual property and charities

Intellectual Property Issues Facing Charities

Intellectual property (IP) matters aren’t always the primary concern of charities. That’s not a criticism; it’s just the way it is. Charities are organisations set up to help society in some way. Usually run by people from non-executive backgrounds, brand protection is not always entrenched in their thinking. However, for companies, it’s part of the […]

June 20, 2018 Rachael
Why you need a trade mark attorney

What Is A Trade Mark Attorney and Do You Need One?

Before getting into the nitty-gritty about what a trade mark attorney does, let’s go back to basics: what exactly is a trade mark? Aside from your original business idea and your people, a trade mark is a vital company asset. It can be a word, logo, shape, and colour, even a sound that indicates the […]

April 10, 2018 Rachael
Trade mark registration

Do I Have To Use A Trade Mark Attorney To File My Trade Mark Registration?

Trade mark registration is one of a pile of expenses you’ll face when setting up your business. Premises, websites, logos and other marketing materials are at the top of your list. You hire a professional web designer (because that’s a skill set you don’t have), a graphic designer for your logo and an agency to […]

March 20, 2018 Rachael
Trade mark confusion

Room For Two Sevens In The UK But Not In The EU

Opposition decisions at the UKIPO and the EUIPO are notoriously fickle the best of times. This article highlights how, even with the same opponents and near identical facts, language differences and differences in conceptual interpretation can lead to inconsistent outcomes and headaches for trade mark owners.

March 10, 2018 Rachael


Consumers are used to immediacy, and we are frequently asked why it takes such a long time to get a trade mark registered. In truth, it doesn’t take a long time at all, especially when you take a look at the process.

UK applications are filed at the Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”), and it is possible to gain registration in as little as three to four months. This sort of timescale assumes either that no objections have been raised by the IPO or third parties, or that where there have been objections, these have been dealt with straight away. A more general timescale is six months. We can see why this length of time is typical, by taking a look at the process through to registration.

October 10, 2016 Rachael