Know what intellectual property you have

If you’re not sure what intellectual property (IP) you have you can find out by:

Read the Intellectual Property Office's business guidance.

When you should apply for IP protection

Register your business name as a trade mark first. If you don’t register your name, you risk someone else stealing and using it.

You should also register any brands that you market your product under. For example, Coca Cola owns Sprite which is registered as a brand that is part of the Coca Cola company.

Each country has different rules. In China, the rights belong to the first to file a successful trade mark application. In the UK, a trade mark can be challenged by a company that has already built up a reputation through sales.

Apply for IP protection

You can apply for IP protection on GOV.UK for a:

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