Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a number of frequently asked questions, if you cannot find an answer to your question please do not hestitate to contact us .
A trademark according to the UK Intellectual property office is defined as "a sign which can distinguish your goods and services from those of your competitors.” It is used as a badge of origin to help identify products and services and the owner can be a business organisation, an individual or any legal entity... more.
In short, if you do not register your trademark then somebody else can, which immediately puts your business at risk and any products or services you are currently in the midst of. By registered a trademark you can protect your brand and therefore protect your business... more.
A trademark can be any sign or symbol that is capable of being represented graphically, used to distinguish goods and services from other businesses. They can include a colour or combination of colours, shapes, slogans, letters, numbers, symbols, or words/phrases... more.
Here at Trademark House we will take you through this process online with a few easy steps. When you begin your registration with us, we will ensure that your application is filed with the relevant registry... more.
Trademarks are categorised according to the products or services in which they cover. Currently there are 45 trademark classes, these include every possible product or service available, there are 34 for goods and 11 for services... more.
Trademark registration fees that you will pay reflect the number of trademarks classes you want to register with and the amount of countries you wish your trademark to be protected in. The more classes you can cover, then a wider scope of protection is provided to your brand.
A UK registered trademarks will protect your right in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, this is ideal if you do not plan on trading anywhere outside of the UK. They are registered on a first come first serve basis... more.
A UK trademark can be registered after being filed within as little as 3 months, where as a EU trademark application takes roughly 5-9 months. Both of these time frames exclude any objections or third party oppositions... more.
EU trademark registrations cover the whole of the EU so it is not possible to pick and choose the countries you wish to cover... more.
No, once a trademark application has been filed it is not possible to make any changes to the submitted trademark in any way, you will have to file a new application to cover the new versions of the mark... more.
In short a trademark lasts for 10 years from the date of filing and can be renewed for 10 year periods, with proper care a trademark can last indefinitely.
Yes this is possible if the businesses are providing different goods and/or services as long as there is no overlap, such as Swan Electrics, Swan Matches and Swan Rental cars... more.
After registering a trademark, you are granted the right to prevent unjust competition from your competitors, you will have the ability to defend your mark against any infringements and restrict any businesses that uses your unique image in bad faith.
Where a trademark is not compulsory, it is highly recommended if you are thinking about adopting a new brand... more.
Trademark registration is not absolutely necessary in order to protect your brand... more.