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The shape of a London 'black hack' taxi is not distinctive enough to be eligible for trade mark protection, the Court of Appeal has ruled. 02 Nov 2017
ANALYSIS: The French Supreme Court has declared the trade mark Giant invalid, ending a four year trade mark and unfair competition dispute between two major players in the French food industry. 22 Sep 2017
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...
An advocate general of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has outlined criteria that determine whether Schweppes can oppose the importation of Schweppes-branded goods from the UK into Spain. 13 Sep 2017
Drugs manufacturers will welcome new proposals on how applications for supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) in the UK submitted prior to, but not processed until after, Brexit, should be handled, an intellectual property (IP) law expert has said. 11 Sep 2017
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