Statutory guidance

Trade Marks Rules

The IPO administers the Trade Marks Act according to detailed Trade Marks Rules.



The Trade Marks Rules 2008 came into force on 1 October 2008 and these rules revoke and replace the Trade Marks Rules 2000.

Rule 83 of the Trade Marks Rules 2008 gives transitional provisions in respect of those cases where legal proceedings were commenced before the introduction of the new rules.

Printed copies of the Rules are published by The Stationery Office Limited, and available from The Stationery Office (TSO) Online Bookstore.

Published 1 October 2008
Last updated 3 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Changes to the Rules from legislation introduced in 2013.

  2. Unofficial Consolidated Trade Marks Rules updated.

  3. Unofficial Consolidated Trade Marks Rules updated.

  4. Consolidated version added.

  5. First published.