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UK Fast Track Opposition Procedure

What Is The UK Fast Track Opposition Procedure?

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) first introduced the UK Fast Track Opposition Procedure in 2013.  Its inception was as direct result of the concerns that the cost and administrative burden of submitting an opposition to trade mark registration was leaving many SMEs open to brand dilution.  This new “fast track” procedure is designed […]

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January 16, 2019 Sally Ormond
Trade mark classes and avoid becoming a trade mark troll

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

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 classes ‘just to be on the safe side.’ Avoid becoming a Trade Mark Troll To ‘troll’ […]

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December 27, 2018 Rachael

Trade Mark Catastrophe leaves Pawsecco in the doghouse

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 a UK IPO trade mark opposition case where an application for a playful word mark covering dog treats was alleged to […]

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December 17, 2018 Bill
trade mark advice worth its weight in gold

Professional Trade Mark Advice Is Worth Its Weight In Gold

Last month, we looked at what could potentially happen to your brand if you went down the DIY trade mark route. One error could lead to extra costs, time delays in achieving your trade mark registration, and even catastrophic damage to your brand.

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December 11, 2018 Rachael
Trade mark revocation

What is Trade Mark Revocation?

Registering your trade mark protects your business’s intellectual property. It stops other companies from using a similar mark without your permission. However, if you don’t use your registered trade mark within five years, it could be revoked. Use your trade mark or risk losing it Trade marks are commercial assets. Demand for certain marks can […]

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November 27, 2018 Rachael
value of intellectual property

How Much Is Your Brand’s Reputation Worth?

When we talk about your brand reputation, we’re referring to your intellectual property, specifically its value. That’s why ‘how much is your brand’s reputation worth?’ is a question worth asking. Hopefully, it makes you stop and think about what you could lose if something when wrong. You might think your brand is untouchable; it’s your […]

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November 13, 2018 Rachael
Company Names Tribunal

What Is The Company Names Tribunal?

The Company Names Tribunal (CNT) deals with: “Complaints about cases where a company name is registered for the primary purpose of preventing someone else with legitimate interest from registering it or demanding payment from them to release it.” (Source: gov.uk) Established on 1 October 2008, brand owners can now protect their trade marks from the registration […]

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October 25, 2018 Rachael

Cactus of Peace: A Potted Plant or a Potty Decision?

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 CJEU and General Court judgements on the CACTUS OF PEACE case which raises a prickly issue in more ways than […]

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October 24, 2018 Rachael
Trade mark classes

How Do I Decide Which Classes To Register My Trade Mark In?

Deciding on which classes to register your trade mark in is not as easy as you might think. The current Trade Marks Act came into force on 31st October 1994. Since then, applicants have been able to file an application covering more than one class of goods/services. Commonly known as ‘multi-class applications’, they are a useful […]

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October 16, 2018 Rachael
™ and R

What’s The Difference Between TM and ®?

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 protect the intellectual property rights of your company. Intellectual property (IP) refers to the valuable […]

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September 26, 2018 Rachael