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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
The hidden dangers of sending trade mark cease and desist letters

The hidden dangers of sending trade mark cease and desist letters

I have been asked on several occasions whether we have a standard cease and desist letter to send to alleged infringers. The answer to this is no, for two main reasons. Firstly, each letter must be carefully drafted in order to meet the particular circumstances of the case. Secondly – and more importantly – there is an issue in that a letter which threatens infringement without being justified can end up with you being sued, instead of the alleged infringer.

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June 28, 2016 Rachael
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Brexit – what happens now to trade mark rights?

The UK has voted to leave the European Union, and we are therefore looking at what this means for trade mark owners.

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June 24, 2016 Rachael

Football, denim and organic clothing: three great brands which reflect their Welsh identity

Today as the first of March is the day when us Taffies will be tucking in to Cawl, the national dish of Wales, proudly wearing our daffodil or leek, and for those of us far from home, no doubt feeling a certain hiraeth.

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March 1, 2016 Rachael
The EU Referendum: what it means for trade marks

The EU Referendum: what it means for trade marks

As June’s EU Referendum is everywhere, I thought it would be useful to take a look at one of the great benefits that UK businesses have as a result of their membership of the EU, namely the Community Trade Mark (“CTM”).

A CTM provides protection across all member states of the European Union in a single registration. CTMs are dealt with by a Registry located in Alicante, Spain. The CTM system is phenomenally successful, and saw around 105,000 applications filed only last year.

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February 25, 2016 Rachael
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Do trade marks stifle innovation?

IP rights designed to motivate the creation of new innovative products by awarding a monopoly, are increasingly criticized for having the opposite effect of that intended. This article seeks to show that trade marks are still valuable in the post-Internet age.

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February 11, 2016 Rachael
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Seven common mistakes made by trade mark owners

What are the worst things you can do if you’re a trade mark owner? We’ve seen it all over the years, and these are the most common mistakes you must avoid if you want to protect your trade mark and your business.

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November 8, 2015 Rachael

Pros and Cons of Community Trade Mark Registration

A Community Trade Mark (CTM) is a single trade mark registration that provides protection in all of the member states of the European Union. CTMs are dealt with by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Spain, and over 117,000 applications were filed last year.

If you conduct business in the UK only, then a national registration is for you, and we can advise separately in this respect. If, however, you do business in more than one EU country, it is wise to consider filing for a CTM. This article sets out the pros and cons of doing so.

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October 22, 2015 Rachael