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It's important to plan ahead because trade mark applications can be refused, in which case no refunds are given.

Most applications fail either because someone else got there first, or because the mark was not distinctive.


Your strategy

Are you sure this is the correct mark for you?

Yes

No

I want to check

check

A trade mark is valid for 10 years and can be renewed indefinitely.

Try to position yourself in the future and think whether your trade mark will still be a correct representation of your brand after 10 years or more. Be aware that once you have filed your mark you cannot make alterations to it.

Does it fit into your overall IP portfolio strategy? check


Community trade mark

Can it be represented graphically?

Yes

No

I want to check

check
Is it distinctive but not descriptive? check
Have you checked that the mark or a similar one already exists? check


Goods and services

Have you made a list of the goods you want to sell and/or the services you want to offer?

Yes

No

I want to check

check
Have you checked which category of the Nice Classification they belong in? check


Ownership

You will have to provide us with accurate details of the proprietor of the mark. Do you have this information?

Yes

No

I want to check

check
Do you need a representative? check

It seems like you have everything you need to submit your trade mark application.
Apply online now.



Please remember: If you're not sure about what mark to select, what products to claim or whether or not your trade mark conflicts with another trade mark, you should seek professional advice.

Page last updated 21-11-2013