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How To File An Opposition Against A Trade Mark

Before we tackle the big question of how to file an opposition against a trade mark, let’s look at why you would want to. In an earlier blog, we looked at what you should do if you receive a TM7A Notice of Threatened Opposition. But what if the boot was on the other foot? What […]

September 13, 2018 Rachael
Notice of Threatened Opposition

What Should You Do If You Receive A TM7A Notice of Threatened Opposition?

A TM7A Notice of Threatened Opposition sounds scary, but the worst thing you can do if you get one is panic. This article tells you a bit more about TM7As, the process behind them, and what you can do if you receive one. Once a trade mark has been accepted by the Intellectual Property Office […]

August 28, 2018 Rachael
Trade mark genericide

How To Avoid Trade Mark Genericide

No, we haven’t made that up – trade mark genericide is real. It happens when a brand’s trade mark is used in the wrong way. Over time, its value dwindles, as it is no longer seen as the distinctive trade mark it once was. Examples are SELLOTAPE, HOOVER, and PORTAKABIN. Before we go into trade […]

August 14, 2018 Rachael
Chinese Domain Name Scam

Beware Of The Chinese Domain Name Scams

Why should a trade mark attorney be telling you about the Chinese Domain Name Scam? Well, your domain name is a vital part of your company’s brand. It identifies and promotes your business through all digital mediums and is, therefore, one of your most valuable intellectual property assets. How does the Chinese Domain Name Scam […]

July 17, 2018 Rachael
Intellectual property and charities

Intellectual Property Issues Facing Charities

Intellectual property (IP) matters aren’t always the primary concern of charities. That’s not a criticism; it’s just the way it is. Charities are organisations set up to help society in some way. Usually run by people from non-executive backgrounds, brand protection is not always entrenched in their thinking. However, for companies, it’s part of the […]

June 20, 2018 Rachael
Exporting to foreign markets and trade mark protection

How Trade Marks Can De-risk Your Entry Into Exporting To Foreign Markets

Exporting to foreign markets is a goal for many companies. However, they often make the mistake of failing to take precautions before dipping their toe into new ventures. One of your most valuable assets is your Intellectual Property (IP), part of which is your Trade Mark. It is the one thing that gives your product […]

June 8, 2018 Rachael
Pet Brand protection

Is Your Pet Brand Barking Up The Wrong Tree?

Us Brits love our pets, which is why the pet brand market is one of the fastest growing and most lucrative markets to get into. According to TotallyMoney.com, pet owners in the UK spent a record-breaking £7.16bn on their animals in 2017, a growth of 25% since 2010. That equates to an average annual spend […]

May 24, 2018 Rachael

Register Your Trade Mark In China And Avoid Squatters

Why should you register your trade mark in China? Well, for starters it is the biggest market in the world. Plus, China receives the most significant number of trade mark applications of anywhere. And doing business in China without registering your trade mark is extremely risky. Conquering the East may not be in your immediate […]

May 10, 2018 Rachael
Intellectual Property

What Intellectual Property Do You Have In Your Business?

Before talking about intellectual property, let me ask you this. Do you believe you have adequate protection to safeguard your company’s assets? You might think the answer is yes because you have all necessary insurances in place, you have a business disaster recovery/continuity plan, and you go out of your way to retain the talent […]

April 24, 2018 Rachael
Why you need a trade mark attorney

What Is A Trade Mark Attorney and Do You Need One?

Before getting into the nitty-gritty about what a trade mark attorney does, let’s go back to basics: what exactly is a trade mark? Aside from your original business idea and your people, a trade mark is a vital company asset. It can be a word, logo, shape, and colour, even a sound that indicates the […]

April 10, 2018 Rachael