Trademark Renewal, Abandonment, and Restoration in the United Kingdom

Once trademarks are issued in the United Kingdom, these rights can be renewed, voluntarily surrender it at any time, or abandoned. The United Kingdom Trade Marks Registry processes trademark registration, trademark renewals, and trademark restoration. Whether or not a trademark should be surrendered or abandoned must be carefully considered. Once the surrender application has been completed, the Trade Marks Registry cannot restore the mark. An abandoned trademark can be restored within one year after its renewal date but if the reasons are not deemed sufficient to the registrar, the petition for restoration may be denied and the trademark registration can be removed from the Registry.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What factors should be considered on whether to renew or abandon a trade mark?
What are the implications of surrendering a mark?
What are the implications of trademark restoration?

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