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Criminal penalties can be imposed on businesses that engage in the sale of so-called 'grey goods', the UK Supreme Court has ruled. 03 Aug 2017
The French Supreme Court has ruled that ongoing trade mark deception does not lift statutory limitation periods on legal proceedings. 26 Jul 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...
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has won a case against an online shopkeeper who was selling counterfeit kitten food on its Taobao platform. 26 Jul 2017
Brand owners operating in Africa have been urged to act quickly if they want to take advantage of a chance to enhance their trade mark protections on the continent. 17 Jul 2017
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