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Usually no, because it could create confusion.

But if the other mark is used for different products or services, it might be possible because consumers may not be confused about who sells what.


You can register a logo that includes text, but then the design and the text together are considered one trade mark. Want them protected individually? You’d need to file two applications.

With a basic search, we look for direct hits (aka exact matches) in the national database to see if someone already registered your mark.

With a comprehensive search, we look for exact and similar matches.

It depends on what you sell.

The UKIPO puts all products and services into 45 classes. Own a restaurant? You provide a service in class 43 (food services). Also sell cookbooks and teach cooking at the restaurant? You may want to register in class 16 (paper goods) and class 41 (education and entertainment services) too.

Usually, your trade mark protection is limited to the classes listed in your application.

Typically four to six months.

The UKIPO will send an approval, ask for additional info, or send a rejection as an Office action that requires a response within two months.


The UK IPOs examiner might reject your mark if, for example, they consider it to be directly descriptive of the products or services you offer.