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Coddan offers trade-mark registration in UK and USA, community trade mark registration

Benefits and advantages to registering a trademark with Coddan: is your future business success based on a product that you have worked hard to develop? Don't risk losing the benefits of your creativity and business acumen by letting a rival take advantage of your ideas and efforts. You can only legally protect the unique identity and value of your business by registering a trademark, and Coddan can put a whole team of professionals with years of expertise at your disposal to make the process as smooth and cost-effective as possible. The potential advantages are enormous as the trademark of a successful product is a valuable commodity in itself and can be sold on if required. It is the best basis for sound investment, opening up unlimited prospects for your business in the future. Coddan offers you the company formation, UK trademark registration, EU trade-mark registration, USA trade mark registration services.

How to register a trademark? A trademark can be words, logos, combinations of letters and/or numbers and once they're registered to your business you can really go places in building your brand and business reputation. It's quite a long and complex process, however, normally taking a minimum of six months and a search of the UK trademark database to ensure your product really is unique. A formal application to the Patent Office is required and you need to think about your present and future business to decide which class or classes to apply for.


Our trade mark registration packages

£600.00

NO ANNUAL CHARGES

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UK trademark registration achieved by lodging a formal application with the United Kingdom Patent Office.

With this UK trade mark registration package we will provide the following services:



£1,800

NO ANNUAL CHARGES

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EU trademark registration using the community trademark application to protect a logo or a trademark within the European Union.

With this community trade mark registration package we will provide the following services:



£600.00

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Trademark registration in USA achieved by lodging a formal application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

With this USA trade mark registration package we will provide the following services:



£719.49

YEARLY CHARGE FROM £105.00

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This is one of our very popular company formation packages, which comes with the UK trade mark and/or logo registration & registered office address in London.

With this company & UK trade mark registration package we will provide the following:




Trademark registration in UK, EU & in USA

Before you can register a trademark you need to form a private company. Thinking through all the details and implications for your business can be daunting, but it need not be if you use a professional limited company formation service. We have years of experience so you can relax in the knowledge that everything has been covered.

Coddan can offer a ready-made business solution to meet your specific needs. Our basic service is ideal for companies who are familiar with the trademark registration process and need us to take charge of the paperwork. For just £600.00 we will search existing UK trademarks and file your application to the UK Patent Office. If you need to start with company formation, or an LLP registration, however, our complete UK package is unbeatable value at £719.49, taking you all the way through company registration with a registered office in London and the approval of your unique trademark. Initial advice by phone or email is completely free, so contact us today and set your business on the best track for the future. If you need a help with the trademark registration, you can speak to our trade mark registration specialists between 9.30am-6.00pm Monday to Friday by telephoning + (0) 207.935.5171 or + (0) 330.808.0089 (national rates). To do the UK, EU or US trademark registration with us is quick and cost-effective!

Registration of trade-mark in the United Kingdom, in EU, or in the USA

Registering a Trade Mark

It is said that "people don't buy products they buy brands". For this very reason, companies spend millions of pounds in developing their brand. A vital tool in the branding of a company's products or services is the trademark. Trademarks are able to communicate so much information to a prospective consumer about the quality of a service or product. Over time, a trademark can accumulate so much good will with consumers that it becomes a commodity capable of being sold itself. Trademarks are a form of intellectual property and it is vital that they are properly registered and legally owned by your company. As a result, it is only your company that can benefit from the good will associated with the trademark. Coddan are experts in trademark registration - talk to our expert consultants today: + 44 (0) 207.935.5171 or +44 (0) 330.808.0089.

Online trade mark registration services

Online Trade Mark Registration Services

A trademark is a sign or text capable of being represented graphically, and which distinguishes the goods or services of one business from those of another. A trademark may consist of words, designs, logos, or combinations of letters and/or numerals. Trademarks are used to uniquely identify a company and its products and services to its customers, to distinguish the company and its products or services from those of its competitors, and as an important tool in the branding of a company. A trademark is a type of industrial property which is distinct from other forms of intellectual property.

Trademark registration is territorial - the registration of a trademark in one country does not legally protect it from use by other companies in other countries. For local businesses this may not be of great concern, but for companies trading across the borders it is important to consider the registration of their trademark in every country they intend to do business.

Notwithstanding the territorial nature of trademark registration, there are certain international protocols which allow a trademark to be registered in multiple countries using a single application.

Trademark registration can be done by one class or multiple classes of products and/or services. A trademark is only protected within the class or classes that it is registered, and therefore only protected form third parties offering similar goods or services. It is common to register a trademark across several classes in order to broaden the scope of protection.

Coddan offers a comprehensive range of options to assist you in registering your trademark, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, we can also provide international trademark registration services under the Madrid Protocol, European Union trademark registration services under the Community Trademark System, and we can help to register your trademark in the USA.

The advantages of trademark registration

Advantages of Trademark Registration

Trademarks are an important tool in the branding of a company's products and services. Once the trademark is registered, and thus legally protected, companies can invest in the establishment and marketing of the corporate brand to increase its market share and public profile, confident in the knowledge that no other company can legally take advantage of the identity and good will associated with the brand.

Once a trademark has been registered, the owner of the trademark is legally protected form the possibility of another company using the trademark, or from taking advantage of the good will, or marketing expenditure which is associated with it. A well-developed trademark is itself a commodity, the owner of a trademark may sell it at any stage, but once it has been sold the original owner will have no further legal claim to it; the owner of a trademark may, while retaining ownership, licence the trademark to a third party, which will empower the third party to trade or offer services under the brand.

Licensing usually involves payment to the owner of the trademark for the right of its use, and is governed by a licensing agreement which limits the uses to which the trademark may be put, the duration of the licence, and establishes product and service standards which must be met while conducting business under the trademark.

You are legally liable for any trademark infringement that occurs, even if your infringement was not intentional. Trademark infringement may result in your company being liable for damages caused by the infringement and could result in the loss of your trademark. A trademark search is the only way to ensure that your mark is not infringing upon another's trademark and can safely be used to market your products.

What is the intellectual property?

Intellectual property is something you create that's unique. It includes the copyright, patents and trademarks, and can be: -

  • Something you invent, like a new product
  • A product's design or appearance
  • A brand or logo
  • Written work, like content on a website or in a brochure
  • Artistic work, like photography or illustrations
  • Film recordings or musical compositions
  • Computer software, etc.

You can not protect an idea - but you can often protect what you do with it. For example, you can not protect an idea for a book. But if you write it, you can protect the words you've written.

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Who Owns Intellectual Property

If you create something, you or your business usually own the intellectual property. If someone you employ or subcontract creates something for you, their contract with you should clarify who owns the intellectual property. Protecting your intellectual property allows you to stop others using what you've created without your permission & charge others for the right to use what you've created.

Trademarks in brief: a trademark is a something that makes your brand recognisable, like a logo or a sound. Registering a trademark lets you stop other people from using it without your permission. To register a trademark, it must be clearly different from any trademarks already registered for the same type of products or services. A trademark registration lasts 10 years and is only valid in the country of registration. You can renew it every 10 years.

Company name and domain name registration: company names and domain names are not automatically trademarks. You need to register a company name with Companies House & the domain name with domain name registrars. Once you have done that, you may be able to register company or domain names as the trademark.

Registering a trademark in the United Kingdom

These are the basic steps: -

  • Check that your brand qualifies as a trademark - you can not change it after trademark is registered
  • Find out if an identical or similar trademark already exists - it is your responsibility to do a thorough search
  • Register your trademark

At Coddan we can help with the trademark searches and trademark registrations. After your trademark is granted it will be published in the IPO database and you will get a certificate.

Because the registration of a trademark is a long and involved process, it is important that you design a trademark which is likely to be accepted. If there is an objection to your proposed trademark, your application will be rejected by the registration authority without refund. A trademark consists of any of the following elements, of the combination of these elements: -

  • Words
  • Designs
  • Logos
  • Combinations of numerals
  • Combinations of letters

The greater the number of distinctive elements which your trademark contains, the greater the chance that it will be approved by the registration authority. Other design aspects which will increase the acceptability of your trademark include distinctive words, made-up words, logos, pictures, or other signs which clearly identify your goods and services from those of others; made-up words, logos, or pictures are normally distinctive unless they have become customary in your line of trade.

The registration authority will reject your application if your trademark is unlikely to be seen as a trademark by the public; this will be the case if your trademark: -

  • Simply describes your goods or services or any characteristic of them (for example, marks which show the quality, quantity, purpose, value, or geographical origin of you goods or services)
  • Contains elements which have become customary in you line of trade
  • Is not distinctive
  • Contains specially-protected emblems
  • Contains obscene or offensive elements
  • Contains elements which are considered deceptive

To simply use unusual typefaces, colors, words joined together, or misspell words is not sufficient to make a trademark distinctive, or acceptable.

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What is a Brand?

A brand is a "promise of an experience" and conveys to consumers a certain assurance as to the nature of the product or service they will receive. Intellectual property rights provide legal protection for some of the most important aspects of a brand. Call us to discuss your needs and see how we can help.

Classes of goods and services: when you apply to register a trademark, a list must be included of all goods and services for which you want to use the trademark. The goods or services must be listed in the class or classes in which they fall. The system is comprised of forty five classes, and groups together broadly similar goods or services into categories which assist the registry to carry out efficient searches of the register.

Whilst classification may be seen as an administrative tool, its importance to applicants in relation to determining the boundaries of infringement rights cannot be stressed too highly. If the classification of the goods or services on an application is made incorrectly, the validity of any rights stemming from a subsequent registration might be called into question at a later date, which could result in a mark being the subject of proceedings to remove it from the register.

Our package options

Fast Trademark Registration

You can conduct trademark searches through Coddan. Our professionals will conduct on your behalf the trademark search. A patent is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the UK Patent Office. The term of a new patent is usually 10 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the Patent Office. The right of a patent is the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in the UK. A patent gives the owner the right to a monopoly on the use and sell of the invention for a period of time.

Once we have received your request one of our trademark specialists will review your request and then contact you regarding the specific goods and services you require for your application. This will normally be within one working day of receiving your request. We will also conduct a search of existing registered and unregistered marks to see if your proposed mark is likely to conflict. Once we have agreed a specification with you and we have cleared the trademark and/or logo after searching, we will make the application on your behalf to the relevant trademark registrar. In the case of the United Kingdom, most applications are looked at within five-six months.

For EU applications this process can take twelve months. We will contact you as soon as your application has been accepted. The next stage is to see whether any third party raises opposition proceedings against your application. In the event that this is the case we will contact you and discuss the way in which you wish to proceed. Our application fees do not include any opposition fees and we would give you a written estimate of any costs before proceeding. If you have any questions about UK or EU trademark registration then please E-Mail or call us: +44 (0) 330.808.0089 or +44 (0) 207.935.5171, fax: +44 207.681.3318.

The plethora of international laws and trademark registration systems makes choosing a trademark registration strategy as a complex decision. If you are unsure of the best course of action for your business, Coddan can advise you & can tailor a the best solution to your needs. If you wish to retain Coddan in the professional capacity, you can apply for an initial consultation at our office in person, via e-mail, or by phone.

Benefits and costs of the UK trademark registration with us

Trademark Registration Benefits

Trademark registration in the United Kingdom is achieved by lodging a formal application with the United Kingdom Patent Office. The process is a quite long & the complex one, taking up to six months to effect if there are no objections; and up-to a year if there is an appeal. If your application is successful, your trademark registration details, including your private or business name & address, will appear on the public records.

Coddan strongly recommends that a United Kingdom trademark search should be conducted before you apply for the registration of a trademark. The purpose of the trademark search is to ascertain whether or not your trademark will infringe upon the rights of any other trademarks currently registered; if it does, the registration of your trademark will not be approved.

As the registration of a trademark is a long and involved legal process, & considering that the United Kingdom Patent Office will not refund application fees for any reason whatsoever, it is prudent to ensure that your trademark is available before you begin the registration of your trademark and/or logo process. The trademark search is conducted through the Patent Office, and is usually completed within two weeks.

Before making an application to register a trademark or/and logo, it is also necessary to develop & design your trademark; because a trademark registration is the territorial & delimited by class, it is also important to take into account your current and proposed future of business activities. Although it is possible to register a trademark across several classes, a fee applies for each additional class; it is, therefore, important to find the right balance between the registration costs & your requirements.

Upon the successful application, a trademark is registered, & protected under the Trademark Law, for the period of ten years. The trademark registration can be renewed up to six months before the anniversary of the date that the initial application was received by the Patent Office. Amongst other benefits of registering a trademark: -

  • Secures a statutory monopoly. It will give you the exclusive right to use your mark for the goods and/or services that it covers in the UK
  • Deters others from using your trademark. A trademark registration can be used to prevent the registration or use of an identical or similar mark by another individual or company
  • Makes it your property which means you can sell it or license the use of it to others in exchange for payment
  • Can add quantifiable goodwill and value to a business on sale

We can take care of the trademark registration process from start to finish.

Stage 1 - filing the trademark application. To file a UK trademark application in one class we charge a fixed fee of £350.00. Of this, our legal charges for preparing and filing the application are just £150.00. The official filing fee is £200.00.

For each additional class we charge a fixed fee of £100.00. Of this, our legal charges are £50.00 and the official fee is £50.00. It is possible to file a fast-track application which will be examined within 10 business days after filing for an additional £300.00 cost.

Stage 2 - the prosecution. After filing your application, we charge on a time and materials basis for the work we undertake through to the registration of the mark. Our charges will depend upon how straightforward the application is and whether it receives any objections. This is not something we can predict with absolute certainty, although we do aim to warn you if your application is likely to be problematic. There are a wide variety of objections that can be raised by an examiner including that your trademark is descriptive and not distinctive e.g. the trademark SHOES for a 'shoe store'.

In the event of an objection, we would need to respond to the examiner. Responding to objections may include presenting evidence of use, engaging in correspondence and/or attending a hearing with the examiner. A third party may oppose your trademark application on a number of grounds including that it is identical or similar to their trademark and that there exists a likelihood of confusion between your proposed trademark and their registered trademark.

In the event of an opposition, we will advise you of your additional legal charges and expenses before proceeding on your behalf. Note that most but not all trademark applications are straightforward and go through without significant objection or opposition.

The total costs of filing an application to register a UK trademark or/and logo: you are looking at an estimated total cost of £600.00 if the application proves straightforward & is registered in one class only.

Completion & submission of the trademark registration documents

This service consists of the undertaking of the complete trademark registration process by Coddan on your behalf. The United Kingdom Patent Office will not refund the application fee, nor allow any amendment to be made to the application once it has been received. It is, therefore, essential that all steps of the process are performed to the letter. This service includes: -

  • The accurate & thorough completion of the official trademark application documents
  • The submission of the application to the United Kingdom Patent Office on your behalf
  • The registration of your trademark in one class
  • The opportunity to register your trademark in additional classes for a fee of £100.00 per class
  • The payment of all registration fees
  • The trademark certificate
Readymade Company with Registered Trademark

Readymade Company with Registered Trademark

A brand is a "promise of an experience" and conveys to consumers a certain assurance as to the nature of the product or service they will receive. Intellectual property rights provide legal protection for some of the most important aspects of a brand. Call us to discuss your needs and see how we can help.

Limited company formation with the trademark and/or logo registration with Companies House & IPO Office

British Limited Company Formation with the Trademark

With this incorporation package of the private limited company formation is the fastest process with electronic documentation to get your business started, registration of a trademark and/or logo, & business bank account with Barclays or NatWest. if you prefer to register a limited liability partnership, we can offer you tailor-made LLP formation with the trade mark registration packages as well. This UK company formation with the trademark registration package is cheap and cost effective way to start a business, and includes the provision of the registered office address in London, plus the secretarial service for the duration of one year.

Who is it for? This package is particularly attractive to any aspiring entrepreneur starting up a company for the first time, who has clear understanding of the mandatory responsibilities that accompanies owning a business. This is our the most popular companies formation packages for such customers who run their business from home, and who are looking to have a prestigious office address in London, alongside with the trademark registration in Great Britain.

What do you get? We will register your new company from scratch using one of our own registered office addresses in London; appoint your own candidate(s) as a director, and shareholder. Upon company incorporation, these details will be registered as the original details of your private limited company with the public records.

The government fee for the incorporation of a company is included in the price of this package. The following documents, which need to be printed and signed, will be e-mailed to you upon formation of your private company: -

  • A certificate of incorporation
  • The memorandum & articles of association
  • The meeting of the board of directors
  • Share certificates
  • The company' registers

The laminated certificate of incorporation printed on a special class of the ivory paper will be posted by Royal Mail' first class to your door upon the formation of your company limited by shares. With this business start-up package, we will also provide the following service: -

  • The provision of the registered office address in London, at Baker Street
  • The government mail forwarding or scanning with forwarding to your e-mail
  • The certificate of the registered office address
  • Monitoring changes in share ownership of the company
  • Ensuring that the company files statutory information promptly
  • Monitoring changes in relevant legislation and the regulatory environment and taking appropriate action
  • Developing and overseeing the systems that ensure that the company complies with all applicable codes as well as its legal and statutory requirements

This incorporation package does not include the provision and appointment of the nominee secretary, but we will take care about your company maintenance as it was described above. This package includes free consultation with our tax adviser or chartered accountant. About the UK trademark registration - this service includes: -

  • The accurate & thorough completion of the official trademark application documents
  • The submission of the application to the United Kingdom Patent Office on your behalf
  • The registration of your trademark in one class
  • The opportunity to register your trademark in additional classes for a fee of £100.00 per class
  • The payment of all registration fees
  • The trademark certificate

About the fast-track business bank account - the business banking account is the subject to satisfactory status and identification checks by the Bank. You will be a subject to the usual credit & identity checks by the Bank.

Where you request a bank account through our business banking accounts' referral service, you confirmed that you agree that your personal details will be submitted on your behalf to the Bank & to being contacted directly by a Bank' officer for the purposes of fulfilling opening a business bank account request.

The business bank' accounts are opened & provided by the Bank and are subject of the Terms and Conditions as set forth by the Bank at the time of account opening. Should you be unable to open a business banking account, we will not charge you an additional fee.