In general, trade marks apply on a country by country basis. If you want to use your mark in countries outside the UK you can apply to the trade mark office in each country where you want protection.
Alternatively, you can apply for a:
- Community trade mark within the European Union (EU) - see more in European trade mark protection
- an international Madrid System mark in various other countries - see more in international trade mark protection
In each case, these single-applications apply to the UK as well, and offer a number of benefits such as:
- lower costs - in overall application costs and country-by country fees
- less paperwork - a single application form works for all relevant jurisdictions
- lower agent's costs - there is only one application
- faster results - a single decision rather than several
- easy application - the process is streamlined to make applications simpler
Re-registration of UK marks in other countries
You can also extend an existing UK intellectual property registration, including trade mark registration, to a number of other countries after completing certain local formalities. See a list of countries where extension of UK trade mark rights is possible.