Trademarking

Martial Arts are one family and the aim of the TCUGB is the sharing of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), Qigong (Chi Kung) and internal martial arts, openly, with honesty and integrity.  Many consider that trademarking is not an issue that we need to be concerned about. However, over the last couple of years, trademarks have been applied for against terms that the TCUGB considered to be generic, used by many of our members.

You can see our position statement regarding this at: Trademark Statement

Help protect our members

Our aim is to help prevent this kind of damaging action, going forward, by working more closely with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) as well as the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA).  To this end, we have added this page to increase people’s awareness of the issue and to give a point of contact.  If any member is concerned that a commercial decision or activity may bring them, or another member, into conflict with the aims and objectives of the TCUGB, they are encouraged to raise the matter informally with the TCUGB using the form below and they will receive advice.

Submit a third party observation to IPO

If you are concerned over a new trademark that has been applied for and is shown as “Published” on the IPO website (link above) you can submit a 3rdparty observation which is a free way to object to the application.  3rd party observations can be emailed to trademark.examination@ipo.gov.uk, within 2 months of the date it was published.  A formal opposition is another way to object to an application, it is a legal objection and has a cost.  More can be found about this on the IPO website.