If you want protection for your goods and services in all European Union countries, not just the UK, then a Community Trade Mark (CTM) is for you. This single application gives protection in all member states of the EU at much lower cost than filing in each country separately. Additionally, those holding a CTM have priority over an application for a similar mark in the UK.
If you plan to operate your business solely in Britain, then a UK registered trade mark can be granted faster and more cheaply.
|UK trade mark||EU trade mark (CTM)|
|Coverage||UK only||All EU|
|Ease of registration||Average||Somewhat harder|
|Time||4 – 5 months||7 – 9 months|
|Statutory filing fees||£170 £50 per class||~£780 (€800) application|
|Our fees||£249 £50 per additional class||£399 £50 per additional class|