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Businesses that obtain licences to use Community trade marks do not need to register those licences to legitimately pursue others for infringement of those marks, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled. 08 Feb 2016
The strict circumstances in which shapes can benefit from trade mark protection have been reinforced by two new rulings issued by the High Court in London, an expert has said. 22 Jan 2016
Rights holders can get help from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to stop counterfeit goods entering the UK. But under a new procedure introduced in 2009, they must act quickly if they are to get the most of the help on offer.
Most trade mark filing application systems across the globe incorporate some form of opposition procedure, so that third parties can file their opposition to a grant of a trade mark application.
The Companies Act 2006 has introduced the role of the ‘Company Names Adjudicator’ which is a new weapon for trade mark owners.
This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in November 2008.
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.
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 governed...
LVMH, the parent company behind Louis Vuitton, has lost a case against canvas bag maker My Other Bag (MOB), on the grounds that My Other Bag's products are parodies of its own. 13 Jan 2016
Reforms to EU trade mark laws finalised this week could open the way for non-conventional trade marks to be registered, like smells, noises and even music, an expert has said. 18 Dec 2015
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