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Why You Should Trade Mark Your Business Name Now?

June 21st, 2020|

There is a  simple answer to the question Why You Should Trade Mark Your Business Name Now? If you delay doing so, someone else can and quite likely will register one similar enough to yours that could block your [...]

How Easy Is It to Register a Trade Mark?

November 26th, 2019|

If it were easy to register a trade mark, trade mark attorneys wouldn’t exist. Their very existence shows that a process that appears simple is fraught with pitfalls waiting to trap unsuspecting DIYers. Before we go any further, let’s recap [...]

Trade Mark Registration – DIY or Hire a Professional Trade Mark Attorney?

November 14th, 2019|

DIY trade mark registration is an attractive option for many small businesses. After all, the internet is full of advice to help you, do you need to pay professional fees? All I would say to you, is would you do [...]

Which Is Correct – Trademark or Trade Mark?

September 17th, 2019|

Trademark, trade mark, or (to be confusing) trade-mark. All three variations are valid, so why so many? Why can't there be just one correct way of writing it? That could be too simple. The English language is a complicated [...]

Why Register A Trade Mark – Five Reasons

May 28th, 2019|

It’s true to say there is nothing from stopping you using your trade mark if it’s not registered. That’s why so many business owners don’t bother. But they’re missing the point of trade mark registration. Look at it this [...]

Why A Bespoke Trade Mark Specification Will Afford You The Best Protection

April 25th, 2019|

Is a bespoke trade mark specification essential?Let’s look at the evidence.The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) uses a worldwide trade mark classification system that groups together similar goods and services into 45 classes for trade mark registration purposes.Registering your trade [...]

Litigation – Why It’s Best To Protect Yourself From The Outset

April 17th, 2019|

Litigation refers to proceedings initiated between two opposing parties to enforce or defend a legal right. In the case of trade marks, litigation begins the moment someone decides to formally enforce or defend their legal rights. The reality of [...]

What Is Trade Mark Confusion?

March 26th, 2019|

Trade mark confusion is a real problem. Your trade mark is a unique signifier to consumers of the origin and quality of your products or services. It’s just one of the things that stands you apart from your competitors. The [...]

Choosing The Right Trade Mark Classes – Don’t Be A Trade Mark Troll

December 27th, 2018|

Picking the right trade mark class or classes for your product or service is critical. Get it wrong, and you will compromise the integrity of your most valuable asset. However, that doesn’t mean you should register it in umpteen [...]

What’s The Difference Between TM and ®?

September 26th, 2018|

Registered and unregistered trade marks are represented by different symbols. But do you know whether you should be using TM or ®? An interesting question and one that you need to know the answer to if you are looking to [...]

Lookalike Trade Marks – Competition Is Fine But Unfair Competition Is Not

July 4th, 2018|

Dr Stephen James writes again for Ward Trade Marks.Stephen is a past president of CITMA, and a leading practitioner with almost 40 years’ experience in UK and EU trade mark law.This time he reviews an EUIPO trade mark opposition case [...]

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

March 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

Three Essential Steps To Prevent Your Next Cosmetics Brand Being A Financial Disaster

March 14th, 2018|

Your cosmetics brand is ready for launch. After months of planning, researching, and testing, everything has come together. What’s more, inspiration has struck you and you’ve thought of a great name for your new product. There are three essential [...]

The Bunny Strikes Back – The Power Of Registering Your ‘Get Up’ As A Trade Mark

February 7th, 2018|

Our guest blogger Dr Stephen James writes again for Ward Trade Marks.Stephen is a past president of CITMA, and a leading practitioner with almost 40 years’ experience in UK and EU trade mark law. This time he reviews another [...]

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