Even though they had a ‘cool’ idea and couldn’t wait to get it to market, intellectual property (IP) was among the first considerations of inventor
Decide if you have a trade markBefore you apply for a trade mark there are some common mistakes to watch out for and some useful questions to ask yourself.
Understanding goods and servicesYou will be asked to select the goods or services you intend to use your trade mark on. These need to be grouped into classes.
SearchBefore registering a trade mark it helps to do a search to make sure the trade mark you want to use is available.
ApplyThere are two main paths you can take to apply for a trade mark.
Application outcomeOnce you submit your trade mark application it takes us up to four months to examine it and let you know the outcome.
Trade marks and opposition
Oppositions can be lengthy, complex and costly. If you are considering filing or defending an opposition, it may be in your interests to seek help from an IP professional.
6 April 2021
The latest update to our new online services is supporting a better experience for our trade mark customers.
3 March 2021
Online services will replace eServices from 1 July 2021. As a result, eServices will no longer be accessible from 30 June 2021. This means all customers will need to file and manage their IP rights in our new online services.