The United Kingdom trademark law protects the use of trademarks in the UK. A trademark is a way for a person to distinguish themselves from another. In the world of business, a trademark gives a product or organization with an identity that cannot be imitated by its competitors. In UK law, as in most common law countries oIn the United Kingdom, the relevant legislation is the Trademarks Act 1994. This Act implements European Directives that create a uniform framework for Trademarks across the European Union. The owners of a trademark can rightfully defend their mark against infringements. To do so, the trademark must either be registered or have been practiced for a while so that it has received local distinctiveness (Prior Rights).
The extent to which a trademark is defendable depends upon the similarity of the trademarks included, the similarity of the products or services included, and whether the trademark has gained distinctiveness.
A registered trademark is comparatively simple to defend in a court of law. An unregistered trademark relies on the law of passing off.
The Trade Marks Act 1994 says that “a person infringes a registered trademark if he/she uses in the area of trade a sign which is identical with the trademark about goods or services which are same with those for which it is registered”. A person may also infringe a registered trademark where the sign is the same and the goods or services are the same as those for which the mark is registered and there is a possibility of confusion on the part of the public as a result.