Identifying markets for trade mark protection

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“We found Gareth Price both professional and knowledgeable. UDL's service to us, as a new UK drinks business with the world's first Skinny Lager (and making sure that we can protect the name globally in our class of goods) is invaluable to ensure that we stay ahead of the competition and protect our IP.”

Sales Director and Co-Founder, SkinnyBrands Ltd

Identifying primary markets in which to protect a trade mark is key. Territories of interest are likely to be the UK and EU, both of which we can handle now and in the (post-Brexit) future. Beyond the UK and EU, many territories are signatories to the ‘Madrid Protocol’ — a collective filing system that, in most circumstances, can save on time and administration costs.

In most EU countries, rights are granted on a ‘first to file’ basis, as opposed to ‘first to use’. It’s therefore important to apply to protect the brand elements in a speedy and ordered manner, based on the commercial objectives of the business.

How we can help

We’ll advise which system(s) is the most appropriate to cover the marks and territories of interest, in the most time- and cost-efficient way possible, and develop a strategy that works in your best interests. We’ll also advise if filing in local languages and alphabets should be considered.

Through our trusted international network of independent partner firms, we can also file separate national filings where necessary; still achieving the best price and efficiency in the process.

Key people

Meet some of our trade marks team.

Alan Fiddes

Managing Partner - Leeds

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner - London | Milton Keynes

Gareth Price

Partner - Leeds

Ian Byworth

Partner - Newcastle

Mark Green

Partner - London

Dr Neil Pawlyn

Partner - Cardiff

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