Why do I need to renew my trade mark?
Once a mark has been registered as a trade mark it will be protected as a trade mark for 10 years from the date upon which it was filed. Once a trade mark has been renewed it will remain protected as a trade mark for an additional 10 years. A trade mark can be renewed every 10 years thereafter as there is no limit as to how long a trade mark can be registered.
When can I apply to renew my trade mark?
An application for the renewal of registration of a trade mark can be made up to 6 months before the renewal date. The Trade Marks Registry write to trade mark owners 3 months before the renewal date to remind them of the need for renewal if they have not already applied to renew the registration of the trade mark.
Making an application to renew a trade mark
An application to renew a trade mark is made by completing and sending to the Intellectual Property Office form TM11 together with the renewal fee.
Form TM11 can be obtained from the Intellectual Property Office or downloaded from their website.
Up to date information on the fee payable and how payment can be made can be obtained from the Intellectual Property Office or found on their website.
What happens after the application to renew the trade mark has been made?
The Trade Marks Registry will then send the trade mark owner a “Renewal Certificate” confirming that the trade mark has been renewed for a further 10 years.
What if I fail to renew my trade mark on time?
If a trade mark owner fails to renew their trade mark on time the trade mark will expire. However, the trade mark owner can still apply to renew the trade mark within 6 months of the expiry of the renewal date.
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