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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 […]

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August 14, 2018 Sally Ormond
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 […]

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July 17, 2018 Rachael

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

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 where an application for a figurative trade mark covering sunglasses was alleged to infringe […]

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July 4, 2018 Bill
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 […]

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June 20, 2018 Rachael

UKIPO Rejects Brexit (sometimes)

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 very interesting UK IPO case where the applicant applied to register Brexit as a word mark in class 32 for […]

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June 12, 2018 Bill
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 […]

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June 8, 2018 Rachael

Masterchef Trade Mark Opposition – Cooking Doesn’t Get Any Tougher

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 UK IPO case where Shine TV, owners of the well known MASTERCHEF trade mark opposed an application for Mister […]

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June 1, 2018 Bill
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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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April 24, 2018 Rachael