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Protecting your UK intellectual property abroad

To protect your intellectual property outside of the UK, you usually need to apply in each country you want protection in

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Intellectual property (IP) rights are territorial. They only give protection in the countries where they are granted or registered.

IP BASICS: Should I protect my Intellectual Property overseas?

If you only have UK protection, others may be allowed to use your IP abroad without infringing your rights.

The above guides contain information on European Union Trade Mark, Patent Cooperation Treaty, European patent application, Registered Community Design.

If you are thinking about trading abroad then you should consider registering your IP rights abroad.

Some countries may allow you to extend your United Kingdom (UK) protection, and accept it as protected in that country after completing certain local formalities.

The World Intellectual Property Office provides a list of all national IP offices.

Published 19 May 2014
Last updated 13 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. International design protection updated.
  2. International trade mark applications can now be emailed to the UKIPO.
  3. Video added to detail section 'IP BASICS: Should I protect my Intellectual Property overseas?'.
  4. New text added at: 2.3 Filing your community trade mark application through us and at 3.2 How to apply for an international trade mark.
  5. Protecting your patent aborad: £5:fees for preparation of earlier search documents
  6. Link to MM2 application form added to trade marks publication.
  7. First published.