Step By Step Trademark Registration Process In UK

If you have a business in the UK, but not a registered trademark, you must get one at the earliest. Trademarks are the best marketing and branding enables that have the potential to take your brand to another level.

Whether it’s a startup or a well-established company, everyone needs a trademark.

What Is A Trademark?

A unique mark that helps your brand stands out in the crowd. A trademark can be:

  • Word
  • Phrase
  • Sound
  • Logo
  • Color

Benefits of Trademark For Brands

  • Under trademark law, you have the sole or exclusive right to use your trademark.
  • You can pursue a lawsuit if someone tried to infringe upon your trademark by registering a similar or identical trademark.
  • By protecting a logo with a trademark, you can take legal action to prevent trademark dilution.
  • A trademarked logo conveys greater authority and market repute, which encourages customers to recognize your goods and services.
  • Due to the high authority logo, which creates a loyal customer base for your business, consumers remember your brand.
  • If imported items violate your trademarked logo, you can prevent their import.
  • Last but not least, registering a logo as a trademark makes it simpler for you to do so in other countries. Additionally, you can widen the market for your products in other countries.

How much does it cost to register a trademark UK?

PurposeForm No.Fee
Trademark registration application (Online)TM 3£170 for one class of goods & services *Plus £50 for each additional class
Right Start Application (Online)TM 3£200, £100 upfront plus £100 if you go ahead with your registration (for one class of goods & services) * £50 (£25 upfront plus £25 if you go ahead with your registration)  
Trademark registration fee in UK

What are the steps in the registration of trademark?

  1. Perform A Trademark Search

A trademark search is the most important yet most ignored step while registering a trademark. What people don’t understand is that skipping this step can yield grave consequences such as:

  • IPO rejecting your trademark application altogether.
  • Someone raising an opposition against your trademark registration.

You will unnecessarily get engaged in legal complications if your trademark is found to be similar/identical to another trademark. The best way to avoid resource wastage is to invest in a professional trademark search.

A professional & comprehensive trademark availability search will ensure:

  • There are no similar/identical marks to the trademark you plan to register.
  • Provide you with a professional view of your trademark’s position.
  • Help you understand the right trademark class to apply for.
  • Help you understand the possibilities of the trademark successfully getting registered with IPO.

2. Determine Your Trademark’s Class

UK follows the NICE classification system that consists of 45 classes of goods & services. You need to go through every class and determine in which class your trademark falls. Here is a list of the complete 45 trademark classes.

International Nice Trademark Classes for Goods

Class numberDetails
Class 1Chemicals used in industry, photography, unprocessed artificial resins, Tanning, and adhesive substances, etc.
Class 2Paintings, paints, pigmentation, coals. lacquers, mordants, printing, and art.
Class 3Cleaning goods, cosmetics, bleaching agents, abrasive preparations, laundry products, and essential oils.
Class 4Fuels, industrial oil, illuminates, wetting and binding products, fuels, and wicks for lighting.
Class 5Pharmaceutical products, medicines, veterinary preparations and veterinary apparatus, dental wax, disinfectants, herbicides, fungicides, and other apparatus for medical purposes.
Class 6Metal castings, hardware, locks, safes, common metals, alloys, metallic building material, and metals that are not covered by any other class.
Class 7Machine, automatic vending machines, machine tools(except land vehicles), and egg incubators.
Class 8Implements, hand tools, cutlery, and razors.
Class 9Cash register, calculators, data processing equipment, academic apparatus, magnetic data carriers.
Class 10Surgical apparatus used for medical purposes, prosthetics, medical and dental apparatus, artificial limbs, eyes teeth.
Class 11Heating and lighting apparatus, steam generating products, cooking, refrigerating, and dying.
Class 12Apparatus for locomotion, i.e., apparatus used for locomotion by land, water, and air.
Class 13Ammunition, weapons, firearms, and explosives.
Class 14Precious metal, precious metals’ alloys, jewelry, etc.
Class 15Musical instruments
Class 16Cardboard, paper, and goods made from them, bookbinding material, paintbrushes, playing cards, and printing blocks.
Class 17Rubber, asbestos, mica, gum, and goods made from any of them. This class also includes goods that are not covered by any other class.  
Class 18Leather, leather imitations, articles made of these items and not included in any other class, animal skins, hides, etc.
Class 19Non–metallic pipes, asphalt, pitch, and bitumen.
Class 20Picture frames, cork, wood furniture, reed, cane, etc.
Class 21Items for household purposes such as kitchen utensils, brush-making material, and cleaning articles.
Class 22Nets, strings, sacks, bags, and fibrous textile materials.
Class 23Yams and threads for textile making.
Class 24Textile and textile goods were not placed in the other classes.
Class 25Clothing, footwear, headgear, etc.
Class 26Lace, ribbons, embroidery material, buttons, hooks, pins and needles, artificial flowers.
Class 27Non-textile carpets, wall hangings, linoleum, and materials used as floor covering.
Class 28Gaming products, gymnastics, Christmas decorative accessories, sporting items are not covered under any other class.
Class 29Poultry products, meat, meat products, milk products, jams, eggs, dried and cooked fruits, vegetables, edible oils.
Class 30Spices, natural and artificial coffee, sago, tea, sugar, cocoa, rice, tapioca, flour.
Class 31Horticulture, forestry products, natural plants, fresh fruits, seeds, malt, agriculture, and grains are not included in other classes.
Class 32Aerated drinks, mineral water, light beverages, beer, non-alcoholic drinks (juices and fruits drinks), and other things used for preparing beverages.
Class 33Alcoholic beverages (except beer)
Class 34Matches, smoker’s articles, tobacco, etc.
International Nice Trademark Classes for Goods

International Nice Trademark Classes for Services

Class numberDetails
Class 35Advertising, Business, Consulting, office functions  
This class includes services that help in managing the affairs of organizations, including commercial organizations. In addition, advertising activity concerned with any types of goods and services or a public announcement also comes in this class.  
Class 36Insurance, Monetary and Financial Services
Class 37Construction and Repair services where work is being done by contractors. This class includes finished as well as in the making building projects.
Class 38Communication services (oral and visual) that help in communicating anything between people are classified here.
Class 39Transportation and storage services related to goods storage in any place. Goods transportation via air, land, and water are covered here.
Class 40Material treatment services that involve changing of chemical or the mechanical composition of a substance are placed here.
Class 41Education and Entertainment services that enhance the knowledge, skill-set or mental capacity of a person or animal are placed here. Further, this class also covers entertainment services for people or animals.
Class 42All the scientific, research activities, and technological services along with services related to software and hardware development are placed in these classes. Moreover, this class also includes legal services and engineering services such as designing, creating blueprints.
Class 43Restaurants services, Temporary accommodation for people and animals along with services that provide the staple foods or drinks preparation for consumption.
Class 44Medical services linked with hygiene, first aid, animal breeding, beauty purposes salon, and grooming services to human beings along with animals forms a part of this category.
Class 45Personal or social services are classified in this class.
International Nice Trademark Classes for Services

3. Prepare Trademark Application As Per UK Trademark Law

Once you are sure there are no similar trademarks, fill out the trademark registration application. The trademark application will include:

  • Details of the trademark- whether it is a word/slogan/phrase/sound/illustration etc.
  • A detailed description of the product for which the trademark is sought.
  • The trademark classes and terms you want to register.
  • A drawing/specimen of the trademark.
  • Date of first use of the trademark.
  • Complete details of the applicant/applicants (name and address of the trademark’s owner).
  • Entity type (individual or corporation) and your national citizenship.
  • Provide the real intent to use the trademark in commerce.
  • A representation of the trademark and a list of all the goods and/or services offered under the mark.

The application will be submitted to the UK trademarks registry which is a part of UKIPO. Make sure you pay the fee based on the number of classes under which the goods or services fall.

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