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Three-dimensional shapes of goods must be "significantly" different from the normal shape goods of that type take to merit trade mark protection, an EU court has said. 27 Nov 2015
Planned reforms to EU trade mark laws have been backed by the EU's Council of Ministers despite opposition from the UK government. 11 Nov 2015
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...
FOCUS: Retailers can avoid chasing sellers of fake goods around the courts in different countries by applying for a court injunction that can inhibit their ability to market online the counterfeits to consumers in the UK. 06 Oct 2015
The UK-based organiser of the international 'Infosecurity' conference series has failed in its attempt to register the name as a trade mark, after an EU court found that it had "not acquired distinctive character through use". 29 Sep 2015
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