English: Star Case Trade Marks 1908, now a def...

English: Star Case Trade Marks 1908, now a defunct company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trade marks are a sign that can distinguish the goods and or services of one trader from those of another, which sign can be words pictures or a combination. All trade marks must be distinctive for the goods or services which you are applying to register it for, not deceptive or contrary to law or morality and not similar or identical to any earlier marks for the same or similar goods or services.

Once an application is sent you may not change your proposals The application fee £200 and a further £50 for every other class you apply for, this money will not be refunded since this is the cost of processing and examining your application. If your application is accepted this will only protected you from similar trade marks, not companies with similar names to your company or trademark. Your trade marks registration lasts ten years and to renew will cost £200 for the first class, then £50 for every additional class. You may sell ‘trade marks’ since “intellectual property”, under the law is treated the same as property.

Copyright is an unregistered right, all you have to do is to mark your work with the copyright logo © followed by your name and the date as a warning, but is not legally necessary in the UK.

The types of works that copyright protects are:
• Original literary works, not names or titles.
• Original dramatic works
• Original musical works
• Original artistic work
• Published editions of works sound recordings, which may be recordings on any medium
• Films, including videos and home video
• Broadcasts.

A registered design is a monopoly right for the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the:
• Lines
• Contours
• Colours
• Shape
• Texture
• Materials

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