On the 9 September 2021, new regulations were announced to come into force on the 1 October 2021. The result of these regulations coming into force means that from 1 October 2021, there will be a new Form 6A for a Section 21 Notice and a new Form 3 for...
What is trademark infringement? Registering a trademark with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is a way of distinguishing your products or services from those of your competitors. A trademark can be a unique company name, logo, product name, tag line or a myriad of other things that your business is or does, as long as it meets the requirements. It means that if someone else, whether they are an individual or a business, tries to use something that is the same, or very similar to a trademark that you have registered, this would be copyright infringement.
If you have registered a trademark, you’re able to take legal action if someone uses it without your permission. You can also use the registered trademark symbol ® next to anything you have registered as a trademark to publicly show that it has trademark protection. Registering a trademark also enables you to sell and license your brand if you wish to.
Trademark registrations last for 10 years and can be renewed for another 10 years. However, if you fail to pay the renewal fee on time, the trademark will expire, and this brand element will no longer be protected.