Trade marks manual

The trade marks manual sets out guidance on the Intellectual Property Office work practices.

Each section of this manual tells you how we deal with particular actions, cases, or aspects of cases. We consider each case on its merits and fully consider all the relevant factors of a case, especially during the examination process. Whilst we must always take account of practice and procedures, the particular circumstances of a case may suggest that at times a departure from practice would be justified.

As our practices develop, either as a result of our consideration of cases or by decisions of the courts, we will give additional or revised guidance, and update this manual accordingly.

  1. New applications Section last updated: August 2018.
  2. The Classification guide Section last updated: August 2018.
  3. Classification desk instructions Section last updated: August 2018.
  4. The classification addendum Section last updated: August 2018.
  5. The examination guide Section last updated: August 2018.
  6. Certification and collective marks Section last updated: August 2018.
  7. International examination guide Section last updated: August 2018.
  8. Register maintenance Section last updated: August 2018.
  9. Tribunal section Section last updated: August 2018.