Britain acceded to the Madrid Protocol on December 1, 1995 and is a pure member of the protocol. The current laws include the Trademark Act 1994, which came into effect on October 31, 1994, and the trademark Regulations 1994, which were amended in 1996 and 1998 respectively. British trademarks include Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland), Northern Ireland, Isle of man and British Indian Ocean Territory, but not Ireland and Channel Islands.. EC trademarks are valid and protected in the UK. In addition to the common trademark, the trademark can be registered in the United Kingdom. According to the international Nice classification, the current principle of trademark application comes first.
UK trademark review process
An application for the registration of a trademark must be made to the registrant and the fees shall be paid at the same time. The date of application shall be subject to the date of filing the documents. After receiving the application, the trademark registration officer will search the prior trademark to examine whether the trademark applied meets the legal requirements. If the registration requirements are not met, the applicant will be informed to make a statement or amendment; if the applicant fails to persuade the examiner or fails to make corresponding amendments or the applicant's reply exceeds the time limit, the examiner will reject the application for the trademark. The trademark examination in the United Kingdom only carries out the absolute reason examination, and there is no relative reason examination. After the application is announced, anyone can raise an objection within the next three months. Official receipt time: 4 weeks, registration time: 3-6 months, registration period: 10 years, calculated from the date of application. Renewal of trademark: the application for renewal shall be submitted before the expiration of the validity of the registration, or within the extension period of 6 months after the expiration of the registration period. If it is submitted within the grace period, an additional fee shall be paid.
Documents required for application:
1. The identity certificate of the applicant (one copy of the business license shall be provided when the enterprise applies; one copy of the personal ID card and one copy of the business license of the individual business with the individual as the responsible person) shall be provided when the enterprise applies;
2 one copy of electronic document (subject to the trademark graphics in common use);
(3) the goods or services used by the designated trademark (nice international classification table provided by the agent company);
4 power of attorney for trademark registration in the UK.
Is the trademark I applied for registration in China protected in the UK? Can it be used in the UK?
The principle of trademark protection in Britain is the principle of using first. Moreover, the British trademark registration system is regional and only protected by domestic trademark laws. Therefore, trademarks registered in China are not protected in the UK and cannot be used in the UK. If it needs to be used or protected in the UK, a UK trademark registration is required.
If you want to apply for a trademark registered in China, do you still need to inquire? The trademark being applied for in China is still an approved trademark. When applying for protection in other countries, the results of China's inquiry have no reference value for trademark protection of other countries. However, since the national inquiry fee in the UK is much higher than that in China, the applicant can choose whether or not to pay for the inquiry. However, it is suggested that non payment channels can be used to search in advance to enable trademark applicants to access the information of registered trademarks in the United Kingdom, so as to minimize the obstacles of not being registered because they are similar to registered trademarks.
Will it take as long to register a trademark in the UK as it does in China? No need. It takes about one to two years for China to apply for a trademark. British trademarks take about six to nine months.