Check on Companies House
Since the Joint Stock Companies Act of 1844 we have had a form of company registry in the UK. In 2006 the Companies Act was passed to ensure that all forms of companies are registered with Companies House and provide specific required details to this department as set out in the current Companies Act 2006
Therefore it’s got to be a good place to search right? Go to Companies House now to search the register.
Check the Intellectual Property Office
A lot of companies register their brand as a trademark. This is to add a layer of protection over the brand but also to add value to the brand itself.
The IPO (or Intellectual Property Office) is a UK Government body set up to be responsible for intellectual property rights in the UK. Every Friday they update their trade marks journal. This encompasses all accepted applications for UK trade marks and international trade marks that include the UK. They also provide an archive journal of previous trade marks. Click the button below to utilise this resource.
Use a brand name checker
There are a number of online brand name checkers that you can use some good, some not so. We recommend that you don’t do this exclusively but use them in conjunction with the above steps. As previously pointed out, some brand names may still be in the process of moving in to the public eye or may have even been registered to stop another company’s aims.
Knowem is probably the best of the bunch, being a really easy to use database that (whilst being predominantly United States centric) will search over 500 social networks and the full US Patent and Trademark Office.
‘Ok, I’ve done all this and my brand name is clear. Now how do I register my brand name?’
Apply To Register A Trade Mark
The link you need is below. Before you make a start please make sure you take note of all the above steps, fees are non-refundable. There is a process to respond to objections, however if there are any objections it’s usually because you got the class wrong or the there is an entity which already resides in the space. Whichever of these cases you will likely need to pay to encompass the additional classes/correct classes or worse – start the whole process again.
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