Trade Mark – Pre Filing Advice
Trade mark pre-filing advice
Trade mark pre-filing advice will help you make sure your application is successful.
Our team draws on years of experience to make sure:
- Your proposed trade mark is registrable and unique
- Your application is completed correctly to make sure it’s accepted the first time
- That your specification of goods and services delivers the broadest possible protection for your trade mark
On top of that, we’ll also make sure your brand is adequately covered for the future. We do that by looking at your current business and your future strategies for growth, making sure your application takes everything into account.
Would you like help to make sure your trade mark is registrable?
Where do you do business?
Right now, you may only trade in the UK, so a UK application is all you need. But what about five or ten years from now? Will you be expanding into new markets?
Unfortunately, there is no simple way to ‘globally’ register your trade mark.
But, if you do sell (now or in the future) in other countries, your rights must be protected within those markets.
Trade marks are territorial. If you register yours in the UK, you’re only covered in the UK. If you register a European trade mark, then all EU countries are included. If you register in the US, only the US is covered.
The only way you can protect your brand everywhere you do business is by registering your trade mark in every country in which you trade.
Can’t decide where to register your trade mark?
Is your trade mark strong?
Making sure the mark you’ve chosen is robust is top of our list because its strength determines the level of protection your brand will enjoy.
The strongest is a fanciful mark, and these are made-up words that have no relation to your product (e.g. PEPSI and XEROX).
Then comes the arbitrary mark, which is a word already in existence but provides no meaning to your product (e.g. APPLE).
Third on the list is the suggestive mark, which are words that allude to meaning without describing the product, sub as NETFLIX.
Fourth is the descriptive mark, which is a word that describes the product and can be challenging to enforce.
Finally, the weakest is the generic term. These are words recognised as the names of goods or services, such as facial tissues and computer software.
Trade Mark Reviews
One of the greatest assets of any brand is it’s IP. Working with Rachael is a joy – her professional insight, experience and clear (no jargon) communication enables you to make informed decisions about how and where you protect your brand. Whatever stage of business/brand development you are currently at, I’d recommend speaking with Rachael, to find out what you can protect and the best ways to achieve a robust solution, that’s fit for purpose.
Extremely happy with the professional service provided by Ward Trade Marks in obtaining our trade mark. Their advice and support made the process stress free and I would not hesitate to recommend them to others.
Rachael is extremely personable and professional. She has handled all of our trade marking adventures over the last few years with success and efficiency. Highly recommended.
Rachael worked with my daughter and me to trade mark our company name, Arya Candles. She is a true professional and a delight to work with. Highly knowledgeable and nothing was ever too much trouble.
Rachael Ward provided us with excellent service over a period of over 3 years (2014-2017). Rachael is a very practical and pragmatic trade mark attorney: she gets quickly to the heart of a problem and is extremely efficient in her work. She has a good depth of knowledge about trade mark law, but never allows this to get in the way of clear-sighted, practical advice. I would strongly recommend any business to use Rachael Ward and Ward Trade Mark Services on trade mark issues.
As a marketing and design company it has been in the back of my mind since I launched TukTuk Creative Marketing to trademark the brand. There have been a few local companies who have recently had to change their name and branding because another company has objected. I love our company name, and it brings to life what I wanted to do when I started the company – taking brands on an inspiring journey, and what better way than on a TukTuk. To lose the name now or in the future would be crushing. Rachel has been amazing from the start, and I whole heartily trust her to set up the Trademark and follow up with any issues that occur along the way.
Rachael is very efficient and productive trademark law expert which helped us to register copyrights for few our brands. She did a good research and gave us useful advices. Their fees are very reasonable. We were happy working with her.
I approached Rachael after working unsuccessfully with two other trade mark companies. Rachael was a joy to work with. She explained everything very clearly and was very open and upfront with her pricing. I was kept fully updated of the progress of my application. I am pleased to say I have now got my EU trademark, thanks to Rachael.
Our initial consultation with Rachael at Ward Trade Marks reinforced our focus regarding our branding and Company marketing for the future. Once BoMoJo was officially registered and published it enabled us to apply and acquire @BoMoJo as a Twitter username from an account that had been dormant for over 6 years. Twitter processed our request, swiftly and promptly and all was completed within a week, transferring our followers from @BoMoJoProd to @BoMoJo. Quite simply a first-class service is what you can expect from Rachael, who is extremely efficient, using her experience, knowledge and expertise to deliver your Trade Mark requirements. Rachael is thorough and precise. Cristina and Barry have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending Ward Trade Marks.
Having been recommended to us by a trusted friend, we engaged Rachael to acquire a trade mark for our new venture, and thank goodness we did. What we thought would be a simple application, met with objections from a company in the US, however Rachael’s sound, professional advice, steered us through the negotiations to a successful conclusion, TM approved! I would not hesitate to recommend Rachael to anyone who is not an expert in such matters, (and the bill was very reasonable too!)
Rachael was a business partner to Mars trade marks team advising on all product segments. Rachael applies a compelling mix of trade mark and commercial knowledge and experience to her advice. She is a clear communicator and client-focus is always number 1. A true collaborator and pleasure to work with.
As a branding agency, we believe that it’s critical for businesses to make sensible decisions about protecting their entities. We recommend using Ward Trade marks to our clients, as they fully comprehend the minutiae of the whole process and get it done in a fuss free, cost effective way, but most importantly, they make sure your brand assets are fully protected, which can alleviate a lot of potential heartache later on.
As a charity The Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum was hesitant to enter the world of trade mark protection for fear of endless paperwork and high costs. We were recommended to speak to Ward Trade Marks and it proved to be good advice. Bill and Rachael provided a fast, well-explained and cost-effective service so that the whole matter was resolved within a couple of months. No stress, no jargon just common sense, knowledge and experience. Highly recommended.
Ward Trade Marks were fantastic to deal with, they explained everything in an understandable way which for the layman made it easy to comprehend and have efficiently seen our application through from initial discussion to fruition. As a charity our name means everything and we wanted to protect it.
Friendly, knowledgeable people, who I feel we can trust with all of our Trademark concerns / issues. The company is available when I need them (answer my queries out of regular hours – not something I can expect but something I really value and appreciate) and I feel ‘goes the extra mile’.
-Loved your service. I thought the service was very friendly and professional and couldn’t ask for anything more really.
Great attention to detail, good updates right through the process – we were new to the trademarking process, you supported us through the journey. So from our perspective you fully met our requirement.
The team @ Ward Trade Marks and especially Rachael have been instrumental in supporting and developing the IP @ Crude Coffee. As a new startup business I cannot recommend highly enough the help, guidance and IP strategy that Rachael and the team have created for us. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any other start-ups or established businesses looking to create, develop and protect your IP!
Make an Enquiry
To make a no obligation enquiry, please either call us on 01284 774841 or make an online enquiry and we will be delighted to help you.