Intellectual Property

Disclaimer

The information available on this site is not intended to be comprehensive, and many details which may be relevant to particular circumstances have been omitted. Accordingly it should not be regarded as being a complete and authoritative source of intellectual property information, and readers are advised to seek independent professional advice before acting on anything contained herein. The UK Intellectual Property Office cannot take any responsibility for the consequences of errors or omissions.

Privacy Policy

The UK Intellectual Property Office reserves the right to gather information relating to site usage. By using this web site you consent to this collection and use of information.

From time to time, we may ask for further information about you (such as your name, job title, postal address, telephone, fax number and e-mail address) as part of online surveys or services. This information will be used to enable us to improve our web site. It may also be used occasionally to inform you about important changes to the web site and its functionality. Where essential information regarding our online services is not required, we will provide an opt out clause for this usage of the data.

Your information will not be disclosed or sold to any third parties.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

Database search services

Whilst the UK Intellectual Property Office takes all reasonable care in the provision of its services, it does not guarantee the accuracy of its publications, data records or advice, nor accept any responsibility for errors or omissions or their consequences.

The UK Intellectual Property Office reserves the right to amend, extend or withdraw without notice any part or all of this service. The information available on this site is not intended to be comprehensive, and many details which may be relevant to particular circumstances have been omitted. Accordingly it should not be regarded as being a complete and authoritative source of intellectual property information, and readers are advised to seek independent professional advice before acting on anything contained herein.

We use public beta testing to ensure that when we fully release a service it is as stable and functional as possible. As a result, beta services may change or display problems.

Acceptable use of our database search services

The UK Intellectual Property Office database services are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users wishing to interrogate our information on-line.

Due to limitations of equipment and bandwidth, they are not intended to be a source for bulk downloads.

Individuals, companies, IP addresses or blocks of IP addresses who deny or degrade service to other users by generating unusually high numbers of daily database accesses, whether generated manually or in an automated fashion may be denied access to these services without notice.

Trade Marks Journal

The on-line electronic Journal is the official Trade Marks Journal. The printed list of marks accepted for opposition purposes is provided as an additional service.

Until colour management systems are in place, it is not possible to guarantee the accuracy of colour shown. The Registry has carried out a colour prototype study and concluded that, generally the accuracy of colour is better on screen than paper. This is why the printed list of marks accepted for opposition purposes that The UK Intellectual Property Office provides will only be available in black and white.

All marks filed with a colour representation are now being scanned in colour. When the advert includes a colour claim the colour is not merely illustrative but is intended to form part of the Trade Mark applied for. Please take note of the colour claims.

It is possible that the images for some black and white marks cannot be clearly viewed on screen. These can be more clearly viewed when printed.

Manual of Patent Practice

The Manual of Patent Practice explains practice in The UK Intellectual Property Office under the Patents Act 1977. It is updated regularly to reflect recent developments such as changes in the law and judicial decisions.

The Manual recites sections of the Patents Act 1977 and sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 relating to patents. Each provision includes commentary with related legislation in the margin. Further parts of the Manual show official notices and directions from the Patents and Designs Journal. There is also a section on Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal Products and Plant Protection Products.

Statements made in the Manual are not in themselves an authority for any action by the UK Intellectual Property Office and should not be used as a set of legal requirements. If you wish to point out an error in the Manual, you can write to the Editor at the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Links to other websites

The UK Intellectual Property Office is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked web sites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee external links will work at all times and we have no control over their availability.

To make users aware that they are leaving our site, we will usually mark external links with a Offsite Link icon.