An effective trademark is vital for any business with a wide reach in the UK, and it is a legal deterrent for any third party that is considering using a brand, image or slogan without the permission of the rightful owner. In order to obtain this level of protection, it is necessary to submit a trademark application to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), and this is a government-backed organisation that has the power to approve and decline submissions as they see fit. The team of business specialists at Coddan have many years of experience when it comes to dealing with the IPO registration, and they can assist new business owners when they need a trademark to be registered.
In a manner that is similar to any government process, there are a number of rules and regulations that need to be followed to the absolute letter of the law – this collection of requirements is something that Coddan specialists monitor on a daily basis. There is one overall requirement for any new business that needs to submit a trademark registration, and this relates to the need for evidence that they are the rightful owner of the term or logo that is in question. In addition to this, any potential applicant also needs to be able to show that they are a legal business entity.
This need for an established business presence is where Coddan use their experience to get things up and running for a private company. We suggest that all new business owners apply for the formation of a limited company, a limited partnership, or a limited liability partnership – this will ensure that your business name appears in the official records that are kept at Companies House. Once a company is present on this legally-binding register, it is then possible to prove to the IPO that there is a genuine legal need for the trademark to be registered.