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Complete the short 2 minute questionnaire below to receive a tailored report to your email, summarising the assessment and providing further guidance on your intellectual property dispute or concern.

Disclaimer: Please note that this questionnaire is for initial assessment purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information provided in this questionnaire and subsequent report will be used solely for evaluating your intellectual property dispute or concern. By submitting this form, you agree to our privacy policy and terms of service. Please do not hesitate to call us or complete our booking form below to schedule a Free Consultation with our expert lawyers.

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Our funding solutions have been designed by our intellectual lawyers to alleviate the financial burden and provide you with certainty of legal costs. 

IP Health Check & Strategy

This package includes:
  • Comprehensive review of your current IP portfolio & potential risks
  • A detailed 2 hour consultation to understand your business objectives & IP needs
  • Strategic advice on protecting your IP
  • Recommendations for improving your IP position & potential expansions
  • Action plan to address any immediate IP concerns or risks

IP Protection & Enforcement

This package includes:
  • All services from the IP Health Check & Strategy package
  • Assistance with filing trademark & patent applications
  • Drafting cease and desist letters to address infringement issues
  • Representation in opposition proceedings before all UK IP offices
  • Advice and support for domain name disputes & cybersquatting issues

IP Litigation & Commercial

This package includes:
  • All services from the IP Protection & Enforcement package
  • Management and litigation of IP disputes, including infringement cases
  • Negotiation & drafting of licensing agreements to monetize your IP
  • Strategic guidance on IP portfolio management & commercial strategy
  • Support for IP due diligence in mergers, acquisitions & investments


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Trademarks FAQs

A trademark is a unique sign, design, or expression that distinguishes your products or services from those of other businesses.

It can be a name, logo, slogan, or even a combination of colours and sounds. Trademarks are essential for businesses as they are pivotal in building brand identity and consumer trust. They provide legal protection against imitation, preventing others from using a mark that is confusingly similar to yours.

Trademark protection not only safeguards your business reputation but also ensures customers can identify the quality they expect from your brand. It is very important and will become more important in the future.

Protecting your intellectual assets is crucial for maintaining a competitive edge and fostering brand loyalty. If you are looking to secure your business identity or need guidance on managing your trademarks, our team of expert intellectual property lawyers is here to help. Contact us at 0207 459 4037 for a Free Consultation or complete our booking form.

Trademarks come in many forms, including brand names like “Coca-Cola,” logos such as the Nike swoosh, taglines like L’Oréal’s “Because You’re Worth It,” and distinctive packaging – the shape of the Toblerone bar is a good example.

Even certain colours and sounds that evoke a brand in the mind of consumers can be trademarked, like the magenta of T-Mobile or the four-note melody of Intel.

These examples highlight how a wide variety of features can serve as trademarks, so long as they fulfil the primary purpose: to signify the unique source of a product or service.

To discuss how to best protect your distinctive brand features as trademarks, reach out to our legal experts. Book a Free Consultation with our expert intellectual property lawyers today at 0207 459 4037 or complete our online form to start safeguarding your brand’s identity.

To check if a trademark is already registered, you can use the free search service of the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) database. This allows you to search for existing trademarks that could potentially conflict with yours. It is also wise to search the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) databases, particularly if you plan to trade internationally. However, navigating these databases can be complex, as similarities in sound, appearance, and meaning can pose infringement risks that are not always apparent.

Our firm offers comprehensive search services to ensure your trademark is unique and registrable. For peace of mind before you apply, please call us on 0207 459 4037 or fill in our online booking form for expert advice.

Registering a trademark in the UK provides several significant advantages. It grants you exclusive rights to use your brand’s mark on the goods and services you have listed in your application, allowing legal recourse in the event of unauthorised use. Registered trademarks can be a deterrent to others from using similar signs and create an asset that can be sold or licensed. Additionally, with a registered trademark, you can use the ® symbol, which further protects your brand by showing that your mark is legally protected. In addition, if you have a UK registered trademark it can form the basis for international registration as your business expands.

If you are interested in securing these protections for your business, get in touch with our experienced IP lawyers. Call us today at 0207 459 4037 or complete our booking form for a free consultation on how to protect your brand effectively.

In the UK, a registered trademark lasts for 10 years from the date of registration. The good news is that it can be renewed indefinitely, every 10 years. To renew your trademark, you need to file a renewal application with the UK Intellectual Property Office, which can be done up to 6 months before the expiry date, or up to 6 months afterwards with additional fees. It is essential to monitor your trademark’s renewal date to maintain its protection.

Avoid the risk of losing your trademark rights by consulting with our expert legal team. We can manage your trademark portfolio and ensure timely renewals.

Yes, in the UK, it is possible to trademark a unique colour or sound if you can prove it distinguishes your goods or services from others. A colour trademark must be very specific, as in the case of Tiffany Blue, and sound marks must be distinctive, like the famous MGM lion roar. These non-traditional trademarks must be represented graphically and shown to possess distinctive character through evidence of use.

If you have a unique brand element you wish to protect, our intellectual property lawyers are skilled in securing robust protection for non-conventional trademarks. Contact us for a Free Consultation at 0207 459 4037 or via our online booking form to discuss your options.

A trademark is a sign that distinguishes your goods or services from those of other businesses, which can be composed of words, logos, symbols, or a combination of these. It is a legal recognition that affords you exclusive rights and protection under intellectual property laws. A trading name, on the other hand, is the name under which your business operates and is registered. While a trading name identifies your business to customers and may be part of your branding, it does not offer the legal protections or exclusive rights of a trademark.

For detailed guidance on how to transform your trading name into a protected trademark and the advantages it can bring to your business, our intellectual property lawyers are here to help. 

The process for registering a trademark in the UK involves several steps. Initially, you must ensure your mark is unique and does not infringe on existing trademarks. Our lawyers can assist by analysing any existing trademarks and we have helped our clients and many start-up to develop a name and distinctive brand for their business.

The next step will be to identify and classify the goods and services you wish to protect. After preparation, you submit an application to the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), which will examine your application and publish it for opposition. If there are no objections, or if any objections are resolved, your trademark will be registered. The entire process typically takes around four to six months if there are no objections.

Navigating the trademark registration process can be intricate and detailed. Our team of experienced intellectual property lawyers are ready to provide you with expert assistance. Start by scheduling your Free Consultation through our online booking form.

The standard fee for online trademark applications in the UK is £170, which includes the cost for one class of goods or services. For each additional class, there is a fee of £50. If you opt for the ‘Right Start’ service, you pay half the fee upfront and the other half once your application passes the initial examination. Keep in mind that professional fees for legal advice or services are not included in this cost.

If you’re considering registering a trademark and are looking for a cost-effective approach without compromising on legal expertise, our intellectual property lawyers can help. To discuss your trademark needs and our transparent pricing, reach out through our online booking form for a complimentary consultation

Facing an opposition can be daunting, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. For a Free Consultation on how to respond to a trademark opposition, please call us on 0207 459 4037 or complete our online booking form, and our expert IP lawyers will be ready to assist you.

Should another business attempt to register a similar trademark, you have the right to challenge the application by filing an opposition. This is a crucial step to safeguard your brand’s integrity. The process involves an official submission of your objection to the UKIPO, highlighting the potential for consumer confusion or damage to your brand identity.

Our team of experienced IP lawyers can guide you through every step of the opposition process. Don’t hesitate to protect your brand; call us at 0207 459 4037 for a Free Consultation or complete our online booking form to start the process.

Trademark renewal is essential to maintain the protection of your mark. In the UK, trademarks are valid for 10 years from the date of registration and can be renewed indefinitely in subsequent 10-year periods. While the UKIPO typically sends out a renewal reminder, the onus is on you, the trademark owner, to ensure your trademark is renewed on time to avoid lapsing.

Stay ahead of your trademark renewal and maintain the uninterrupted protection of your brand. For renewal support and a Free Consultation on managing your trademark portfolio, call our intellectual property experts on 0207 459 4037 or book an appointment through our online form.

If your trademark application is not opposed during the opposition period, which typically lasts two months after publication, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) will proceed to register your trademark. Once registered, you will be granted a certificate of registration, confirming the legal protection of your trademark in the UK. This registration endows you with exclusive rights to use the trademark in connection with the goods and services listed in your application, allowing you to prevent others from using an identical or confusingly similar mark.

Should you require assistance in the post-registration phase or wish to discuss the strategic use of your newly registered trademark, our legal team is here to assist you. For a Free Consultation today, please reach us at 0207 459 4037 or schedule your appointment through our convenient online booking form.

A trademark can be opposed on various grounds, such as the trademark being similar to an earlier mark causing the likelihood of confusion, the application being made in bad faith, or the mark being non-distinctive, descriptive, or deceptive. Opposition can also be based on the trademark being identical and for the same goods or services as an earlier trademark, or if it takes unfair advantage of, or is detrimental to, the reputation or character of an earlier mark.

Navigating opposition grounds can be complex. If you are facing opposition or considering opposing an application, our experienced IP lawyers can help clarify your position. Contact us at 0207 459 4037 for a Free Consultation to discuss your case with our experts.

A registered trademark in the UK only provides protection within the United Kingdom. If you require protection in other countries, you will need to register your trademark in those jurisdictions. There are systems in place, such as the European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) which covers all EU member states, and the Madrid System for international registration, that can simplify this process for multiple countries.

Expanding your trademark protection internationally is a significant step for your business. Our intellectual property lawyers are experts at handling international registrations and can ensure your brand is protected globally. To explore your options and set up an international trademark strategy, please call us for a Free Consultation at 0207 459 4037 or complete our online booking form.

If your trademark application is rejected by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), you will receive a detailed explanation for the refusal. You may respond to the objections, which could involve providing additional information, making amendments to your application, or arguing against the rejection. If initial refusals are not overcome, there is an option to request a hearing before a UKIPO hearing officer for a decision.

Reacting promptly and effectively to a rejection is crucial. Our team of intellectual property lawyers can provide expert advice and representation to overcome the refusal. Contact us at 0207 459 4037 for a Free Consultation, or use our online booking form to discuss your next steps.

Defending your trademark against infringement claims requires a strategic approach. If you believe your trademark does not infringe upon another’s rights or that your use is legitimate, you can defend your position by demonstrating the differences between the marks, the lack of confusion in the marketplace, or by showing that your use is within the bounds of fair practice.

Addressing infringement claims can be complex and the implications significant. Protect your brand and business by seeking legal guidance.

The amount recoverable for trademark infringement can vary considerably, depending on factors such as the extent of the infringement, lost sales, damage to your brand, and any profits the infringer has made from the unauthorised use of your mark. In some cases, statutory damages are available, and the courts may also award additional sums for flagrant infringement or to account for any additional damage to the brand beyond lost sales and profits.

Calculating damages in intellectual property cases is a specialised field. To ensure you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled, consider obtaining expert legal advice. Our experienced intellectual property lawyers can assist you in assessing and pursuing an infringement claim. For a Free Consultation, contact us at 0207 459 4037.

Several defences can be raised against trademark infringement claims, such as the alleged infringer’s use being non-commercial or for the purpose of identifying or referring to goods or services as permitted by law (nominative fair use). Other defences include the mark being used descriptively in good faith (descriptive fair use), the trademark not being distinctive, the claimant’s mark not having been used for a considerable time (resulting in revocation for non-use), or the registered trademark having become a common name in the trade for a product or service.

Each case is unique and requires a tailored defence strategy. If you face an infringement claim or need advice on the defences available, our legal team can help. Call us for a Free Consultation on 0207 459 4037 or book your appointment using our online form.

Monitoring trademark infringement typically involves regularly conducting searches of trademark registers, online marketplaces, domain name registrations, and the internet to identify any unauthorised use of marks that are identical or similar to your own. There are also professional services and software that offer monitoring solutions which can alert you to potential infringements based on your specific criteria.

Vigilance is key to protecting your trademark rights. Our law firm can provide comprehensive monitoring services to safeguard your brand. To discuss setting up a trademark watch service, reach out to us at 0207 459 4037 for a Free Consultation or use our online booking form.

Yes, it is certainly possible to sell (assign) or license your registered trademark. Assigning your trademark transfers ownership to another party, whereas licensing allows others to use your trademark under agreed terms while you maintain ownership. Both options require careful consideration of the terms and a formal agreement to ensure your rights are protected.

When contemplating the sale or licensing of your trademark, professional legal guidance can prove invaluable. We can assist you in negotiating terms and drafting robust agreements. To discuss your options and ensure your interests are fully protected, please call us at 0207 459 4037 for a Free Consultation.

If someone uses your trademark without permission, you may:

  1. Send a cease and desist letter to the infringer, demanding they stop using your mark.
  2. Negotiate a settlement, which could include a licensing agreement.
  3. File a trademark infringement claim in court seeking damages and an injunction to prevent further unauthorised use.

It is essential to respond quickly to infringement. Our team of legal professionals can guide you through the process and help enforce your rights. For immediate assistance, contact us at 0207 459 4037 for a Free Consultation.

In the UK, hashtags and social media usernames can be registered as trademarks if they meet the requirements of distinctiveness and are capable of distinguishing goods or services. The trademark must not be descriptive, deceptive, or generic, and it should not conflict with earlier rights.

Securing a trademark for a hashtag or username can be complex. If you are considering this step to protect your brand identity online, we are here to provide the expertise you need.

Trademark dilution occurs when a trademark loses its uniqueness and ability to distinguish goods or services because of its use by others, even when there is no direct competition or likelihood of confusion. To prevent dilution, it is important to actively monitor and enforce your trademark rights. This may include challenging applications for similar trademarks, taking action against unauthorised use, and educating the public about the proper use of your trademark.

The protection of your trademark from dilution is a critical aspect of maintaining its value. If you’re concerned about the potential dilution of your brand, our legal team can provide effective strategies and support.

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) itself does not enforce trademarks; enforcement is the responsibility of the trademark owner. However, the UKIPO provides services that can aid in the enforcement process, such as offering advice on rights protection and recording registered trademarks to help stop counterfeit goods at the border.

Enforcing your trademark against counterfeit goods often requires a multi-faceted approach, including civil litigation and criminal prosecution. For comprehensive guidance on tackling counterfeit goods and enforcing your rights, speak with our intellectual property experts. Call us at 0207 459 4037 or fill in our online booking form for a Free Consultation.

Trademarks in the digital and online realm require the same level of protection as in the physical world. Special considerations include ensuring your trademark is protected against domain name cybersquatting, unauthorised use in online advertising, and misuse on social media platforms. It’s also wise to be aware of the global nature of the internet, which may necessitate registering your trademark in other jurisdictions.

In the digital age, it is crucial to adapt your trademark protection strategies to the online environment. Our legal professionals can help you navigate these complex issues and extend the protection of your brand online. For tailored advice, contact us at 0207 459 4037 or book a consultation through our online form.

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