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The Hong Kong-based provider of internet TV subscription service NOW TV could not prevent Sky using the same name for a similar service in the UK because it did not have a UK customer base, the UK's highest court has ruled. 14 May 2015
Reforms to EU trade mark rules that have been agreed by EU law makers could push up the cost of registering a national trade mark in the EU, an expert has said. 22 Apr 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...
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
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