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What if I don’t have a registered trade mark but someone else is using my name?

The rights you get through a registered trade mark are much stronger and broader than those you gain through use.
A registered trade mark gives you a legal monopoly.

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June 13, 2017 Rachael
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
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FIVE MYTHS ABOUT TRADE MARKS AND THE TRUTHFUL ANSWERS

This article summarises the five main myths (and the truthful answers) that we commonly hear when discussing trade mark protection with business owners.

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October 31, 2016 Rachael
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FIVE THINGS THE BEST TRADE MARK ATTORNEYS DO

Have you ever been annoyed with a supplier because you didn’t get what you thought you were asking for
Have you ever changed suppliers because you felt they didn’t hear you?

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October 17, 2016 Rachael

WHY DOES IT TAKE SUCH A LONG TIME TO REGISTER MY TRADE MARK?

Consumers are used to immediacy, and we are frequently asked why it takes such a long time to get a trade mark registered. In truth, it doesn’t take a long time at all, especially when you take a look at the process.

UK applications are filed at the Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”), and it is possible to gain registration in as little as three to four months. This sort of timescale assumes either that no objections have been raised by the IPO or third parties, or that where there have been objections, these have been dealt with straight away. A more general timescale is six months. We can see why this length of time is typical, by taking a look at the process through to registration.

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October 10, 2016 Rachael
Watch out! Is a competitor about to register your trade mark?

Watch out! Is a competitor about to register your trade mark?

Registering your trade mark is not the end of the road. A well thought out programme of enforcement will ensure that your rights are not diluted over time. It’s vital to look after your registered rights, or you may find that competitors come into the market with similar marks, diverting trade away from your business and losing you money.

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October 7, 2016 Rachael
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Want to stand out in a crowded market?

Protecting your trade mark through registration is a great place to start. Rachael Ward of Ward Trade Marks would like to share three insider secrets as to how you can use Intellectual Property to make your beer brand a great success for a relatively small investment.

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July 27, 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
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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I RECEIVE A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER?

Trade mark litigation is almost always preceded by a “cease and desist” letter, or “letter before action”. Such correspondence generally sets out the rights of the owner, and instructs the other party in strongly worded terms to cease use of the trade mark complained of, while threatening actions for trade mark infringement and/or passing off.

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May 25, 2016 Rachael