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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
A limited company is a company ‘limited by shares’ or ‘limited by…
You must choose a name for your business if you’re setting up a private…
You must provide a registered office address when you set up a limited…
Your company must have at least one director. Directors are legally…
Most limited companies are ‘limited by shares’. This means they’re owned…
When you register your company you need: a ‘memorandum of association’ - a…
Use this service to register your company with Companies House. You will…
Most companies register for Corporation Tax and PAYE as an employer at the…
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
Find registered designs in the UK
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
Renew a trade mark, including late renewals and restoring a trade mark
Renew and pay for a GB or European patent online - when renewal is due, fees, renew by post or phone instead
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 design - what designs are protected, search the registers, prepare your illustrations, how to apply, disclaimers and limitations
Apply to register a design with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Register a UK patent to protect your intellectual property
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Use this form to file your application to register a trade mark.
The shape and the configuration of objects are automatically protected by design right in the UK and Europe.
Use this form to record a change of name, address or email of the trade mark owner.
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