Guide

Manage your registered trade mark

Introduction

A trade mark is a form of intellectual property that tells apart your goods or services from those of other businesses.

You can protect unregistered trade marks to some extent under common law rights - known as passing off. However, registration grants trade marks statutory protection, which offers significant advantages over common law rights alone.

There are a number of things you need to be aware of when you register a trade mark. This guide explains how to renew your trade mark registration and add extra classes of goods and services to existing marks.

This guide also offers advice on enforcing your trade mark and defending trade marks against infringement. Finally, it provides guidance on opposing new registrations and using other people's trade marks.