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Do I Have To Use A Trade Mark Attorney To File My Trade Mark Registration?

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 […]

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March 20, 2018 Rachael

What’s The Difference Between Passing Off And Trade Mark Infringement?

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.

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March 6, 2018 Rachael

Pros and Cons of EU Trade Mark Registration

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 […]

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December 1, 2017 Rachael
Ward Trade Marks

What if I don’t have a registered trade mark but someone else is using my name?

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.

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June 13, 2017 Rachael
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How the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court works

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 […]

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May 15, 2017 Rachael
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Trouble brewing: BrewDog and the lone Wolf pub

BrewDog objected to a Birmingham pub changing its name from Wolf to Lone Wolf on the basis that it had launched a spirits product of the same name

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April 11, 2017 Rachael
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Preparing for Brexit

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is close to being invoked and one of the key issues for businesses that either operate in the EU or plan to do so, is how to best protect their intellectual property and especially their trade marks.

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February 12, 2017 Rachael
Ward Trade Marks Oktoberfest Article

City of Munich applies to register OKTOBERFEST as an EUTM

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.

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November 21, 2016 Rachael
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FIVE MYTHS ABOUT TRADE MARKS AND THE TRUTHFUL ANSWERS

This article summarises the five main myths (and the truthful answers) that we commonly hear when discussing trade mark protection with business owners.

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October 31, 2016 Rachael
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FIVE THINGS THE BEST TRADE MARK ATTORNEYS DO

Have you ever been annoyed with a supplier because you didn’t get what you thought you were asking for
Have you ever changed suppliers because you felt they didn’t hear you?

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October 17, 2016 Rachael