Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Trade mark registration

What intellectual property is Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying: the names of your products or brands your inventions the design or look of your products things you write, make or produce Copyright, patents, designs and trade marks are all...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Trade mark categories of goods and services

General remarks The indications of goods or services appearing in the class headings are general indications relating to the fields to which, in principle, the goods or services belong. The Alphabetical List should therefore be consulted in order to ascertain the exact classification of each individual product or service. Goods...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Passing off

The main restriction on the use of a name (for any business whether sole trader, partnership, LLP or company) is that the name used for the business, or a very similar name, may already be in use by an existing business. The other business (which could be any type of...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Changing a company’s name

A company can change its name by passing a special resolution in general meeting (CA 2006, sec77(1)), or by such other means as are provided for by the company’s articles (e.g. a resolution of the directors). A copy of the resolution must be sent to Companies House with form NM01...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Protecting a company’s name

Distinctive company names and brand names are valuable business assets. They may be protected by actions at common law for passing off and, if registered as such, by suing for trade mark infringement. Such litigation is expensive, time consuming and the results can be uncertain. Steps should be taken to...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Trade marks

A trade mark is usually a word or logo or a combination of both, used to distinguish the product or service of a particular trader. Since 1994, distinctive smells, sounds and 3-dimensional shapes may also be registered. A trade mark may be registered for existing products or services to protect...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Incorporating an existing business

In outline, the process to incorporate an existing business (i.e. turn it from a partnership or sole trader’s business into a company) is for a new company to be registered and then, on an appropriate date, for the business to be sold to the company at an appropriate value, the...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Ready made companies

The term”ready made company” (or “shelf company”) is now virtually obsolete. It used to denote a company registered by a solicitor or company registration agent to bekept in stock for sale and transfer to a client in due course. When we started in business in 1978, three-quarters of all new...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Voluntary dissolution

Voluntary dissolution of a company is where the directors apply to Companies House for the company to be dissolved and struck off the register of companies. Company Law Solutions provides a voluntary dissolution service. Introduction to voluntary dissolution A company may apply to Companies House to be struck off the...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Company names

A company’s name is an important asset. When starting a new business or changing a company’s name the name has to be chosen carefully to avoid infringing the rights of established businesses, and to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Companies Acts. It may also be important...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Company seals

A company seal is a device for stamping the company’s name in paper. At common law, any contract entered into by a company had to be under seal, subject to some minor exceptions. From 1875 until 1989 a document had to be executed under seal if this would be the...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Information required on company notepaper

Trading disclosures This is now covered by the Trading Disclosures provisions in the Companies Act 2006 sec82 – sec85 and the regulations made under those sections. The information required on all letters, emails, faxes, websites, etc. is Company’s full name Address of registered office The fact that registered in England...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Information required on websites, emails and faxes

This is the same as for business letters. More details are given onthat page. The information required is: Company’s full name Address of registered office The fact that registered in England or Scotland, etc. Company number The names of the directors need not be stated but, if any are (other...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Annual return

The annual return was replaced by a “confirmation statement” on 30 June 2016. The confirmation statement serves the same purposes as the annual return. The main differences as to content are that the confirmation statement also has details of any people having significant control of the company, as required to...
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Fotis Grontas & Assosiates on February 18, 2019

Company accounts

The following is a summary of the principal provisions relating to company accounts. Further detail is presently beyond the scope of this database. The law changed with the implementation of Part 15 of the Companies Act 2006 on 6th. April 2008. Keeping accounting records CA 2006, sec387 requires all companies...
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