Legal protection for coats of arms

Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The staff at Franks & Co were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom is now officially in a period of mourning until after the Queen’s state funeral which is to be held on Monday 19 September. Normal day-to-day business will continue throughout this period.

The UK government has declared the day of the funeral to be a national Bank Holiday, so the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office will be closed on Monday 19 September.

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office’s official guidance on bank holidays is given below:

The office is deemed to be closed on weekends, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all England and Wales bank holidays for all types of business, except for the filing of new applications not claiming priority. If documents are filed for these types of business at times when the office is deemed to be closed, they will receive an official filing date of the next working day.

Any official time period which expires on a weekend or any other day on which the office is closed is extended to the next working day.

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Could a 500-year-old law affect your trade mark? Usually, the go-to protection for a logo in the UK is a registered trade mark. But what about when a logo consists of a coat of arms?

Coat of Arms of the College of Arms

The College of Arms founded in 1484 is the official authority regarding heraldry in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the majority of the Commonwealth. All grants of arms made by the College of Arms are made under Crown authority.

Download the white paper below to learn more about the the legal protection for coats of arms in the United Kingdom, including how commercial companies can apply for a coat of arms and the pitfalls some have encountered using them in the UK, including none less than President Donald Trump of the United States of America.