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  • Trade mark forms and fees

    List of trade mark forms and fees.

  • Non-disclosure agreements

    Use a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to keep your invention a secret when talking to others.

  • New applications

    Section last updated: January 2019.

  • How to classify trade marks

    When applying to register a trade mark, you must use the classification system to specify the goods and/or services you'll be using it on.

  • Exceptions to copyright

    Details of the exceptions to copyright that allow limited use of copyright works without the permission of the copyright owner.

  • Patent forms and fees

    List of online and paper patent forms and fees.

  • Trade marks manual

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

  • Objecting to other peoples trade marks and the legal costs

    How to object and challenge someone else's trade mark and details of any legal costs involved.

  • Manual of Patent Practice

    The Manual of Patent Practice (MOPP) explains the Intellectual Property Office's practice under the Patents Act 1977.

  • Copyright notice: digital images, photographs and the internet

    This notice is aimed at small businesses and individuals who may wish to use digital or photographic images on the web.

  • Copyright Acts and related laws

    The principal legislation on copyright can be found in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

  • Trade mark series applications

    Around 40% of series applications don’t meet the requirements.

  • Manual of trade marks practice

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

  • The examination guide

    Section last updated: January 2019.

  • Ownership of copyright works

    Ownership of copyright works may depend on the circumstances under which the work was created.

  • The Patents Act 1977 (as amended)

    The Patents Act 1977 is the main law governing the patents system in the UK.

  • Licensing bodies and collective management organisations

    Licensing bodies and collective management organisations can agree licences with users on behalf of owners and collect any royalties the owners are owed.

  • Before you apply for a patent

    You should consider whether a patent is right for your invention.

  • Unacceptable trade marks

    Examples of unacceptable trade marks around protected emblems, internet domain names and your company name.

  • University and business collaboration agreements: Lambert Toolkit

    The Lambert toolkit is for universities and companies that wish to undertake collaborative research projects with each other.