Intellectual Property Resources

All your question about intellectual property answered by our very own specialist solicitor.

A photo of Adeline Weber Bain

My name is Adeline Weber-Bain. I am a trainee trade mark attorney at Freeman Harris who has been in the industry for a good few years.

During this time I have had the opportunity to deal with a range of trade mark, design and copyright matters. You can contact me at 0207 791 9050 or email me at adeline@freemanharris.co.uk.

What is actually a trade mark?

Good question! You can find out more on our blog.

Where should I protect my trade mark?

Trade marks are territorial in nature and they need registration in each country individually. Costs depend on the number of jurisdictions where you want to obtain protection and the number of Classes included in your application.

UK

If you are only going to trade in the UK, it is cheapest for you to register your trade mark only in the UK. Our fees for a UK application range from £199 for filing one trade mark in one class to £599 for our Gold Package. There is also a government fee of £170. This covers filing and bringing to registration your trade mark, providing no objections arise from the UKIPO and no third parties oppose the registration of your trade mark.

EU

If you are going to trade in Europe and wish to obtain registration throughout the 28 countries of the EU, you will need a EU Trade Mark. Our fees for a EU Trade Mark application range from £349 plus VAT for filing one trade mark in one class £699 plus VAT for our Gold Package. In addition you will need to pay the EU Government fee of £750. This covers filing and bringing to registration your trade mark, providing no objections are raised from the examiner and no third parties oppose the registration of your trade mark.

INTERNATIONAL

If you are looking to trade internationally, it is advisable to seek registration of an International Registration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) which allows a trade mark owner to extend its protection throughout most countries in the world.

Can I sell my trade mark?

Trade marks are your property and like other property rights they may be sold franchised or licensed to others.

How long do trade marks last?

Providing all government fees have been paid, a trade mark lasts 10 years. Registration can be renewed after 10 years an unlimited number of times.

I have registered my company name with Companies House, do I still need a trade mark?

Registering a company or partnership name does not provide protection as a trade mark, and you’ll have to register your trade mark separately. In fact, registration of a company name only stops a third party registering their company under the same name. It does not stop a third party using your company name in their branding or as their trade mark.  If you register your company name as your trade mark, you can prevent this from happening.

Can I trade mark my domain name?

Absolutely. You simply need to be using your domain name as if it were a trade mark, and register in the normal manner.