COUNTRY : UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN & NORTHERN IRELAND
CAPITAL : LONDON
LANGUAGE : ENGLISH
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO-TRIPS, BERNE CONVENTION, MADRID PROTOCOL, EUROPEAN UNION COMMUNITY TRADEMARKS, TRADEMARK LAW TREATIES, WIPO, PCT, G 8,
PROTECTION OF TRADEMARKS IN THE UK:
1. National Registration - Direct Filing with National Trademark Office
Please refer our Treaties section on International protection under Madrid System and Community Trademark Registration.
Therefore, to obtain protection in United Kingdom, there are three options from which the applicant can choose.
Also note that Trademarks are protected in the following Islands along with United Kingdom:
· Isle of Man,
· British Indian Ocean Territory
· The Falklands
· British Virgin Islands
Following are the requirements for registration of a trademark in the UK:
• Infringement & Opposition Actions
• License and Assignment procedures
• Trademark Watch Services
Once registration of the trademark application is published, interested third parties may file opposition to the same within stipulated time period from the date of filing of the application.
Usage of the trademark before filing an application for registration is advantageous since, in the event the marks are not sufficiently distinctive to be registrable they can acquire the necessary distinctiveness through use.