In order to run your franchise in any country, you need to protect your brand name and logos. The right to enforce your brand monopoly underpins an attractive selling proposition to potential franchise owners and gives you an edge over competitors.
ip21 is recommended by leading international franchise consultants, Franchise Development Services (FDS) and has a team of Trademark Attorneys who can provide assistance in securing protection for your brand in UK and European markets.
Are you ready to expand?
Brand protection is primarily obtained through Trademark Registration. However, Trademark rights are geographical, so if you want to expand into other countries, you first need to make sure that your brand is protected.
Have you been beaten to it?
Although you might have established rights in your home country, it's possible that other businesses in Europe already have rights in the same or similar brand name. These could block your own registration, and could even prevent you trading under the brand. A clearance search can check for existing rights, and pave the way for your own registrations.
UK expansion achieved, now Europe?
While you can protect your brands with a UK Trademark Registration, there is also a European-wide system called a Community Trademark which gives protection in all 27 countries of the European Union, including the UK, through a single application. This is a cost-effective way to future-proof your brand protection in these important markets.
If you’re considering expanding into the UK or the rest of Europe, ip21's team of Trademark Attorneys can check your freedom to use your brand in the UK, and secure your brand protection for the European markets.