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A trade mark owner may be able to reply on the trade mark's reputation in an EU country in which the trade mark is not registered even when the trade mark is less well known there, according to a legal adviser to the EU's highest court. 27 Mar 2015
OPINION: Businesses should respond to the growing number of domains by buying up the web addresses that pose a risk to their brands. 26 Mar 2015
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Brand owners seeking to renew their Community trade mark rights cannot "stagger" the renewal of their marks over time, an EU court has ruled. 06 Mar 2015
FOCUS: Businesses will need to perform a radical rethink of the way they operate if changes predicted by technology market analysts Gartner come true. 05 Mar 2015
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