Figures published by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) show that it received nearly 55000 trade mark applications in 2014; an increase of more than 8% on 2013, and of almost 25% since 2012.
The Top Applicants
The following companies were the top ten filers of trade mark applications in the UK in 2014:-
- Glaxo Group (UK)
- British American Tobacco (US)
- BVIPR (UK)
- Aldi Stores (UK)
- Unilever (UK)
- British American Tobacco (UK)
- Asda Stores (UK)
- Akzo Nobel Coatings International BV (Netherlands)
- Topps Tiles IP Company (UK)
- Bauer Radio (UK)
Explaining the Increase
There are believed to be several reasons why the number of trade mark applications is rising year-on-year. The IPO has made itself much more visible in recent years and provides practical help for those filing applications. This has generally raised awareness of the existence and value of intellectual property.
Alongside that, a greater confidence in the economy has led to a willingness to spend money. This means that businesses of all sizes are able to afford to protect their trade mark rights in order to secure their income streams for the future.
Trade Mark Advice from SH&P
Whether you are applying for a new trade mark or assessing your existing portfolio to ensure it still meets your requirements, our trade mark attorneys can be of assistance. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you apply for trade mark registrations in the UK and overseas, working with you to support your business planning and ensure protection of your intellectual property for the future.
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