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Disclaimer

The information available on this site is not intended to be comprehensive, and many details which may be relevant to particular circumstances have been omitted. Accordingly it should not be regarded as being a complete and authoritative source of intellectual property information, and readers are advised to seek independent professional advice before acting on anything contained herein. The Intellectual Property Office cannot take any responsibility for the consequences of errors or omissions.

Any newsletter articles included in this website and/or opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Intellectual Property Office but remain solely those of the author.

Personal information

Any personal information you provide will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Our Information Management Charter sets out how we handle and protect personal information.

From time to time, we may ask for further information about you (such as your name, job title, postal address, telephone, fax number and e-mail address) as part of online surveys or services. This information will be used to enable us to improve our web site. It may also be used occasionally to inform you about important changes to the web site and our services, where this is the case you will be given the opportunity to tell us if you do not want the information used for this purpose.

Database search services

Whilst the Intellectual Property Office takes all reasonable care in the provision of its services, it does not guarantee the accuracy of its publications, data records or advice, nor accept any responsibility for errors or omissions or their consequences.

The Intellectual Property Office reserves the right to amend, extend or withdraw without notice any part or all of this service. The information available on this site is not intended to be comprehensive, and many details which may be relevant to particular circumstances have been omitted. Accordingly it should not be regarded as being a complete and authoritative source of intellectual property information, and readers are advised to seek independent professional advice before acting on anything contained herein.

We use public beta testing to ensure that when we fully release a service it is as stable and functional as possible. As a result, beta services may change or display problems.

Acceptable use of our database search services

The Intellectual Property Office database services are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users wishing to interrogate our information on-line.

Due to limitations of equipment and bandwidth, they are not intended to be a source for bulk downloads.

Individuals, companies, IP addresses or blocks of IP addresses who deny or degrade service to other users by generating unusually high numbers of daily database accesses, whether generated manually or in an automated fashion may be denied access to these services without notice.

Trade Marks Journal

The on-line electronic Journal is the official Trade Marks Journal. The printed list of marks accepted for opposition purposes is provided as an additional service.

Until colour management systems are in place, it is not possible to guarantee the accuracy of colour shown. The Registry has carried out a colour prototype study and concluded that, generally the accuracy of colour is better on screen than paper. This is why the printed list of marks accepted for opposition purposes that The Intellectual Property Office provides will only be available in black and white.

All marks filed with a colour representation are now being scanned in colour. When the advert includes a colour claim the colour is not merely illustrative but is intended to form part of the Trade Mark applied for. Please take note of the colour claims.

It is possible that the images for some black and white marks cannot be clearly viewed on screen. These can be more clearly viewed when printed.

Manual of Patent Practice

The Manual of Patent Practice explains practice in The Intellectual Property Office under the Patents Act 1977. It is updated regularly to reflect recent developments such as changes in the law and judicial decisions.

The Manual recites sections of the Patents Act 1977 and sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 relating to patents. Each provision includes commentary with related legislation in the margin. Further parts of the Manual show official notices and directions from the Patents and Designs Journal. There is also a section on Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal Products and Plant Protection Products.

Statements made in the Manual are not in themselves an authority for any action by the Intellectual Property Office and should not be used as a set of legal requirements. If you wish to point out an error in the Manual, please email mppeditor@ipo.gov.uk.

Discussion forums

The aim of this service is to improve the way in which the Intellectual Property Office consults with its customers and the public on important matters relating to intellectual property. As such, registration for this service is free and open to anyone.

Any message that you post will therefore be made public. No messages will be posted anonymously. Postings should be in English, should be relevant to the topic under discussion and should not contain advertisements or solicitations. You should not post any material which you know to be false, or which is defamatory, offensive, threatening or otherwise illegal. In particular, personal attacks on individuals or institutions will not be allowed. Any user who feels that a message posted by another user is objectionable should contact the host of the discussion by email, who will take the appropriate action if it is right to do so.

You should note that the registration information that you give may be viewed by other users of the service if you post a message. However, the Intellectual Property Office will not otherwise pass on any details about you to any third party except in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from a message posted by you.

If you post any material which you have not written yourself, you should ensure that you have the copyright owner’s agreement. Please note that the author of a document may not be the owner of the copyright if that document was created in the course of the author’s employment.

The Intellectual Property Office reserves the right to moderate any or all of the discussions, as it thinks fit.

Any message from an employee of the Intellectual Property Office expresses the views of the author of the message, and does not necessarily express the views of the Intellectual Property Office.

Since this service is intended to allow the Intellectual Property Office to receive the views of its customers and the public, individual comments or queries posted as part of a discussion will not normally be acknowledged or answered by the Office. Contact details for members of the public who have comments and queries relating to the various functions and services of the Intellectual Property Office can be found on our website.

Links to other websites

The Intellectual Property Office is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked web sites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee external links will work at all times and we have no control over their availability.

To make users aware that they are leaving our site, we will usually mark external links with a Offsite Link icon.