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Guides By Topic: Intellectual Property

  • Registering a design in the UK

    Applications are filed at the United Kingdom Designs Registry which is a part of the UK Intellectual Property Office, an executive division of the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills.

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  • Registering a trade mark through the Madrid Protocol

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in November 2008.

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  • Designs: the basics

    A registered design is a monopoly right for the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture, materials of the product or its ornamentation. 

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  • Registering a design in the EU

    Applications are filed at the Community Designs Office, known as OHIM ( Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market ).

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  • Registering a trade mark in the UK

    A UK trade mark registration covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. A UK registration can be extended to Jersey and Guernsey by application to the respective trade mark offices in those Islands at additional cost.

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  • Registering a trade mark in the EU

    Applications are filed at the Community Trade Marks office (the  Office of Harmonisation in the Internal Market , known as OHIM). A Community Trade Mark ( CTM ) Registration covers all 27 member states of the European Union. It is a statutory right...

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  • Trade Marks: the basics

    In essence, a trade mark can be anything, which distinguishes your business from those of other traders.

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  • Enlargement of the EU and the Community Trade Mark

    The European Union expanded from 25 states to 27 states on 1 st  January 2007. The expansion of the EU will have a considerable impact on the Community Trade Mark ( CTM ) system. 

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  • The war against P2P

    In April, Madonna fans tried downloading songs from her then-unreleased album American Life, but unwittingly downloaded a recording of the singer asking: "What the f*** do you think you're doing?"

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  • File sharing after Napster

    Since late 1999, lawsuits against file swapping services have been reported in the  IT  press almost continuously.

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