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The EU's General Court has rejected a bid by Coca-Cola to register the shape of bottles as a trade mark in the European community. 25 Feb 2016
The Court of Appeal in London must maintain the right of brand owners to obtain website blocking orders against internet service providers (ISPs) as a means of enforcing their trade mark rights against infringers, an expert has said. 24 Feb 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...
Some owners of Community trade marks will have a six month window beginning next month to make a free declaration that their trade marks apply to a wider range of goods or services than has been detailed in registration of those marks. 18 Feb 2016
FOCUS: New EU trade mark rules, changes to the minimum wage laws and a new regulatory regime for internet payments are among the legal and regulatory changes retailers need to be aware of over the coming months. 16 Feb 2016
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