The first step up registering a new trademark is to conduct a search to make positive the chosen mark is free that will help you. A search can normally be completed with a week. However, in urgent cases some research can be done within 24 hours, although there may be extra costs in this.
If the search is clear, the next step is for an application to be filed to register your trademark status objected. This can usually be done the trademark lawyer if your instructions are garnered. The application will then need to be examined by the appropriate authorities. This examination process can take several weeks or months, depending across the country and towards the nature of the potential. Once the examination has been completed, assuming that no objections have been raised, or any objections overcome, then the trademark will wish to be published for opposition purposes. A trademark application normally remains open to opposition for a period of two or 12 weeks depending on the region. If no oppositions are encountered, then the trademark will be ready for registration. In some countries there will be further registration fees to pay, during other countries US it could be necessary to provide specimens to demonstrate that the mark is in use.
The whole associated with obtaining a UK trademark registration will normally take about 5-6 months, assuming that no serious are usually encountered.
For European (CTM) applications the process is slower as well as the time involved ranges considerably. Applications that do not encounter objections or oppositions should be registered within about two years, although it sometimes can be as compared to this.
If there are official objections, or oppositions from third parties, then the process can take for a longer time. Importantly, protection will date back on the filing date of one’s application and those who have been using your mark illegally since that date may have been infringing your rights and possibly be liable to you in damages.