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EU customs authorities seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, an increase of 14%. 26 Sep 2016
The standard sound of a ringing telephone or alarm – two G sharp notes – cannot be registered as a trade mark because it has no distinctive character, the EU's General Court has said. 13 Sep 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...
Brand owners should review all of their trade marks to see whether any would be at risk of being revoked after the UK leaves the EU, an intellectual property (IP) law expert has said. 04 Aug 2016
The operator of a physical market place can be forced to prevent trade mark infringements by market traders under the same rules that apply to online marketplaces, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has said. 08 Jul 2016
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