You can register your trade mark to protect your brand, eg the name of your product or service.
When you register your trade mark, you’ll be able to:
- take legal action against anyone who uses your brand without your permission, including counterfeiters
- put the ® symbol next to your brand - to show that it’s yours and warn others against using it
- sell and license your brand
How to register a trade mark
Respond to any objections.
The registration process takes about 4 months if no-one objects. Registered trade marks last 10 years.
Register your trade mark overseas
Registering a trade mark in the UK only protects your brand in the UK.
There are different processes for registering EU and international trade marks.