United Kingdom

Trade Marks Act 1994

Year of Version:1994
Date of Entry into Force:October 31, 1994
Date of Text (Enacted):July 21, 1994
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Geographical Indications, Trade Names, Trademarks, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets)
© Crown Copyright 1994

Date of entry into force: for further detail see 'Marks (Trade Marks Act), Order (Commencement), 29/09/1994, No. 2550'.

The notification by the United Kingdom to the WTO under article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'The Act makes new provisions for registered trade marks and the European Community trade mark and gives effect to the Madrid Protocol relating to the International Registration of Marks of 27 June 1989 and to certain provisions of the Paris Convention.'
'The Act proscribes the registering of a trade mark if it is of such a nature as to deceive the public about the geographical origin of the goods or services.'
'The Act prohibits in certain circumstances the disclosure of information without the consent of the applicant for the trade mark.'
This Act refers to:
- First Council Directive of 21 December 1988 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (89/104/EEC) available in the database as Marks, First Council Directive, 21/12/1988, No. 89/104, EU_014
- Council Regulation (EC) No. 40/94 of 20 December 1993 on the Community trade mark available in the database as 'Marks (Community Trade Mark), Council Regulation, 20/12/1993, No. 40/94' (EU_017)
Available Texts: 

Trade Marks Act 1994 Trade Marks Act 1994, Complete document (pdf) [330 KB] Trade Marks Act 1994, Complete document (htm) [311 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)


Loi de 1994 sur les marques (Chapitre 26) Loi de 1994 sur les marques (Chapitre 26), Complete document (pdf) [399 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:GB008