Trade mark registration is one of a pile of expenses you’ll face when setting up your business. Premises, websites, logos and other marketing materials are at the top of your list. You hire a professional web designer (because that’s a skill set you don’t have), a graphic designer for your logo and an agency to […]READ MORE
Trade mark infringement and passing off are two options that can help you protect your brand. But what’s the difference? This post explains why trade mark registration is the best protection and why you shouldn’t rely on passing off.READ MORE
What is an EU Trade Mark? A European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) is a single trade mark registration that provides protection in all of the member states of the European Union. EUTMs are dealt with by the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, Spain, and over 117,000 applications were filed last year. If you […]READ MORE
The rights you get through a registered trade mark are much stronger and broader than those you gain through use.
A registered trade mark gives you a legal monopoly.
Rachael’s Bullet Points Courtroom drama: best avoided, but we can help if needs be As members of our professional body, the CITMA, I recently took up the opportunity to shadow a judge at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). The IPEC is a specialist court which has changed the nature of trade mark litigation. It’s […]READ MORE
Applying to register trade marks that are well known descriptive terms is problematic. We will have to wait and see if the EU IPO allows OKTOBERFEST.READ MORE
This article summarises the five main myths (and the truthful answers) that we commonly hear when discussing trade mark protection with business owners.READ MORE