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A recent ruling by the Court of Session in Edinburgh shows that well-known words and phrases can be registered as trade marks, an intellectual property law expert has said. 13 Feb 2017
Alibaba will work with international brands including Louis Vuitton, Samsung and Mars to use technology to fight counterfeiting, it has said. 19 Jan 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...
OPINION: France does not currently need new laws specifically addressed to the risks associated with 3D printing because existing legislation already accounts for those risks. 09 Jan 2017
Marks which are not inherently distinctive must be shown to have acquired distinctive character through use across every EU country to remain registered as an EU trade mark, according to a new ruling. 16 Dec 2016
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