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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
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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
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
beer branding

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
Cease and desist letters

Unjustified Threats Of Trade Mark Infringement: 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
receiving a cease and desist letter

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
EU Referendum

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
Trade mark

Why your trade mark could be worthless and what you need to do about it

One of the biggest tasks involved in filing a trade mark application is correctly drafting the list of goods and services, namely the “specification”.

Now this may sound simple, but this part of the process is critical.

The fact is that there are many different ways in which a poorly drafted specification can have a negative impact on the worth of your trade mark. We look at two of them below.

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February 17, 2016 Rachael
CTM fee increase

Business owners: act fast before March’s CTM fee increase

In 1996 the Community Trade Mark came into being, providing business owners with a trade mark which covered the entire European Union with one single application.

It was nothing short of revolutionary, and I remember it well.

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February 8, 2016 Rachael
registering your trade mark

How to register your trade mark

When it comes to trade mark registering, there’s so much that needs to be thought of. Here’s our quick guide to trade marks and what you need to consider.

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November 3, 2015 Rachael