Manage your registered trade mark



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 by taking action against 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.

Some areas of trade mark law have been affected by EU Exit. For current information on these, see: EU trade mark protection and comparable UK trade marks from 1 January 2021 and changes to international trade mark registrations after 1 January 2021.