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Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

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  • Search for a trade mark

    Look up a trade mark to see if something identical or similar to your brand is already registered

  • Set up a private limited company

    Incorporate a private limited company - register it with Companies House and rules on directors, shares, articles of association and telling HMRC about the company

  • Set up a limited company: step by step

    How to set up a limited company, appoint directors and shareholders or guarantors, and register for tax.

  • Apply to register a trade mark

    Protect your brand by registering it as a trade mark - how to apply, fees, responding to objections to your trade mark, using the ® symbol

  • Set up as self-employed (a 'sole trader'): step by step

    What you need to do if you set up as a sole trader - check your employment status, understand your obligations, and register for tax.

  • Search for a patent

    Find registered patents, patent applications and pending patents

  • Intellectual property and your work

    What intellectual property is, how you can protect it, and which of copyright, patents, design right and trade marks applies to your work

  • How copyright protects your work

    Who gets copyright, types of work it covers, permitted use of copyright material, how to license and sell copyright and help resolving disputes

  • Check the trade marks journal

    Find details of recent trade mark applications or amendments by searching the journal

  • Find a registered design

    Find registered designs in the UK

  • Patenting your invention

    A patent registers your invention and lets you take legal action against anyone who makes, uses, sells or imports your invention without your permission.

  • Apply for a patent

    Register a UK patent to protect your intellectual property

  • Register a design

    Register a design - what designs are protected, search the registers, prepare your illustrations, how to apply, disclaimers and limitations

  • Renew a patent

    Renew and pay for a GB or European patent online - when renewal is due, fees, renew by post or phone instead

  • Renew your trade mark

    Renew a trade mark, including late renewals and restoring a trade mark

  • Standard fee sheet

    Fee sheet for: UK designs, patents, trade marks, patent co-operation treaty and Company Names Tribunal forms.

  • Design right

    The shape and the configuration of objects are automatically protected by design right in the UK and Europe.

  • Apply to register a design

    Apply to register a design with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

  • Check the patents journal

    Check the patents journal to find UK-registered patents granted, published and filed

  • Track a trade mark

    Sign up for alerts about applications for UK trade marks or international registrations