Registered trade marks are territorial. If you apply for a trade mark in the UK, you'll only have protection in the UK.
If you're considering taking your services or exporting your goods overseas - now or in the future - you might want to consider registering your trade mark in other countries.
There are three different ways UK trade mark owners can seek trade mark protection overseas. You can do it through:
- an application filed directly to each country
- an EU-wide trade mark application filed with the EU Intellectual Property Office
- the international application system under the Madrid protocol
This guide looks at the different options for registering a trade mark outside the UK, and the advantages of doing so as ways of protecting intellectual property overseas.