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What are my obligations to the Registrar ?

Trade marks must be renewed every 10 years to be kept in force. In addition, if any details change regarding the ownership, address or agent, the IPO must be notified.


Renewal

In order for your trade mark to remain registered it must be renewed every 10 years. You can continue to renew a trade mark indefinitely. Renewal may be made up to 6 months in advance of the renewal date. If a trade mark is not renewed in time there is a 6 month grace period in which the mark may still be renewed. There is an additional late filing charge associated with this. If the mark is still not renewed it will be removed from the register.

A renewal may be completed online or by paper form: pdf icon IP Renewal [229kb]  


Changes to proprietor name or address

When details of the proprietor of a trade mark (or trade marks) change, the Intellectual Property Office should be notified of the new name or address of the proprietor in order that the register is correct.

Further information regarding changes to proprietor name or address can be downloaded below.

A change to proprietor name or address can be completed online or by paper form: pdf icon Change proprietor name/address [520kb]

Note: If ownership of the mark has changed, this must be recorded as an assignment.


Transfer of ownership (assignment)

The Intellectual Property Office must be notified if the ownership of a trade mark changes. This can be submitted to us on a paper form. A copy of the deed of assignment (or other written proof of the transaction) and the correct fee must be submitted along with the form.

An assignment may only be made by paper form: pdf icon Change of ownership (Assignment) [459kb]