Statutory guidance

Trade Marks Act 1994

The Trade Marks Act 1994 make up part of the trade mark legislation in the UK.



The Trade Marks Act 1994, as amended, is the current law that covers:

  • the registration of trade marks and
  • the protection of registered trade marks in the UK

This is an unofficial consolidation of the Trade Marks Act 1994. The latest amendments to the Act took place on 1 January 2021 and were made by:

  • The Intellectual Property (Exhaustion of Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
  • The Trade Marks (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
  • The Design and International Trade Marks (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, and
  • The Intellectual Property (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Published 22 July 2008
Last updated 2 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated with changes made by legislation which came into force at the end of the transition period and 1 January 2021.

  2. Unofficial consolidated version Trade Marks Act 1994 (as amended) updated.

  3. Unofficial consolidated version updated.

  4. Unofficial consolidated version added.

  5. First published.