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enforcing your trade mark

Enforcing Your Trade Marks Is Vital To Protect Your IP

Enforcing your trade mark is essential, probably more important than building your brand. If you fail to do it, your brand’s value could be diminished.  How to enforce your trade mark The first thing you have to ensure is that your trade mark is correctly registered for the goods and services in which you trade.  The […]

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July 17, 2019 Bill
unregistered trade mark

The Pitfalls Of An Unregistered Trade Mark

Unregistered trade marks give you as much protection as a sieve in the rain.  However, there is a glimmer of hope. If you’ve been using your trade mark for several years, and built up a large customer base your rights are limited. But, if another business starts using your name, you only have “passing off” […]

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June 27, 2019 Rachael
7 trade mark registration mistakes

Top 7 Trade Mark Registration Mistakes

Trade mark registration mistakes are more common than you think. Although it sounds as though it should be straight forward, it’s not, and when mistakes happen, they can be costly.  We’re not just talking about financial cost, but also reputational and time.  As trade mark attorneys, it’s our job to make sure our clients’ trade […]

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June 13, 2019 Rachael
5 reasons why you must register your trade mark

5 Reasons Why You Must Register Your Trade Mark Before You Do Anything Else

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 way. As your business grows, so does your reputation. However, what happens when someone else decides […]

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May 28, 2019 Rachael
Trade mark portfolio protection

Are You Effectively Managing Your Trade Mark Portfolio?

Trade Mark portfolio management wasn’t the first thing on your mind when you started your business. You probably only had one trade mark to register. After all, your company was still in its infancy, and that’s all you needed.  However, as time passes and your business grows, you’re beginning to amass new trade marks as your […]

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May 14, 2019 Rachael
Trump TV trade mark opposition case

Trump TV Story is not fake news

In a recent UK trade mark opposition (O-409-18), an application for TRUMP TV was refused by the UK Trade Mark Office on the ground of bad faith. On 30 October 2016, a UK company, Trump International Ltd, applied to register the trade mark TRUMP TV for a range of services in Classes 38 and 41.

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May 13, 2019 Bill
bespoke trade mark specification

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

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 mark is essential. It prevents someone else registering the same or a […]

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April 25, 2019 Rachael
Litigation and trade marks

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

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 litigation is that it is an incredibly stressful experience. It also has the potential to tie […]

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April 17, 2019 Rachael
Trade mark confusion

What Is Trade Mark Confusion?

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 idea is that it is individual to you. That’s why, when you applied to register […]

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March 26, 2019 Rachael
DIY trade mark application is stuck

Why Has Your DIY Trade Mark Application Got Stuck?

You had a trade mark to register for your business. After doing a Google search, you decided the application processes looked pretty straightforward. Therefore, due to all your other start-up costs, you chose to go down the DIY route.   Encouraged by all the advice you read online you didn’t worry about reading up on all […]

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March 12, 2019 Rachael