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The average consumer of Scotch whisky is reasonably well informed and reasonably observant and circumspect member of the general public who has an average level of attention, the EU's General Court has confirmed in ruling over a trade mark dispute. 28 Nov 2016
Online marketing activity carried out separately by two rival bathroom retailers respectively infringed trade mark and passing off rights, the High Court in London has ruled. 24 Nov 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...
More than 8,000 web addresses were suspended by Nominet during the year up to the end of October 2016, more than double the number suspended in the previous 12 months, the internet registry for '.uk' domain names has said. 17 Nov 2016
Drugs manufacturers cannot prohibit other companies from buying their branded drugs in Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and selling them in an EU country in new packaging that bears their trade mark if the drug importers can show that they would otherwise... 15 Nov 2016
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