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UK considers giving businesses powers to take civil action against rivals' copycat packaging

Businesses could be granted with a "civil injunctive power" to prevent rivals copying the designs of their product packaging under plans being considered by the UK government. 17 Apr 2014

Nominet: no plans for a 'trade mark clearinghouse' system

Nominet has no plans to copy ICANN and develop a 'trade mark clearinghouse' to help rights holders identify and protect against infringing registrations of their trade marks in domain names. 16 Apr 2014

Out-Law Guides

  • Detention of counterfeit goods at UK borders

    This guide was written in October 2009. It is based on UK laws. Rights holders can get help from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to stop counterfeit goods entering the UK. But under a new procedure...

  • Trade mark opposition procedures

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in May 2009. Most trade mark filing application systems across the globe incorporate some form of opposition procedure, so that third parties can...

  • The Company Names Adjudicator

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in October 2008. The Companies Act 2006 has introduced the role of the ‘Company Names Adjudicator’ which is a new weapon for trade mark owners. Th...

  • Registering a trade mark through the Madrid Protocol

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in November 2008. Applications must be based on a national application or registration in a member state of the Madrid Protocol. Applications are...

  • Registering a trade mark in the UK

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008. Applications are filed at the UK Trade Marks Registry which is a part of the UK Intellectual Property Office , an executive...

  • Registering a trade mark in the EU

    This guide was last updated in April 2009. It is based on a law that applies across the European Union called the Community Trade Mark Regulation. Applications are filed at the Community Trade Mark...

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Scotch whisky verification scheme launched to help protect genuine brands

Businesses that wish to produce or market Scotch whisky will need to be verified by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as part of a new scheme designed to prevent fake or sub-standard alternatives being sold in the EU. 10 Jan 2014

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