Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
Look up a trade mark to see if something identical or similar to your brand is already registered
Incorporate a private limited company - register it with Companies House and rules on directors, shares, articles of association and telling HMRC about the company
How to set up a limited company, appoint directors and shareholders or guarantors, and register for tax.
Protect your brand by registering it as a trade mark - how to apply, fees, responding to objections to your trade mark, using the ® symbol
What you need to do if you set up as a sole trader - check your employment status, understand your obligations, and register for tax.
Find registered patents, patent applications and pending patents
What intellectual property is, how you can protect it, and which of copyright, patents, design right and trade marks applies to 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
Find details of recent trade mark applications or amendments by searching the journal
Find registered designs in the UK
A patent registers your invention and lets you take legal action against anyone who makes, uses, sells or imports your invention without your permission.
Register a UK patent to protect your intellectual property
Register a design - what designs are protected, search the registers, prepare your illustrations, how to apply, disclaimers and limitations
Renew and pay for a GB or European patent online - when renewal is due, fees, renew by post or phone instead
Renew a trade mark, including late renewals and restoring a trade mark
Fee sheet for: UK designs, patents, trade marks, patent co-operation treaty and Company Names Tribunal forms.
The shape and the configuration of objects are automatically protected by design right in the UK and Europe.
Apply to register a design with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Check the patents journal to find UK-registered patents granted, published and filed
Sign up for alerts about applications for UK trade marks or international registrations
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