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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 15, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The late musical icon Prince was someone who defied the stereotypical boundaries of race, music and fashion.
    The late musical icon Prince was someone who defied the stereotypical boundaries of race, music and fashion. Prince’s constant use and musical reference to the colour purple was something that all his fans came to identify him by. Subsequently, when he died, his fans lit purple candles, left purple balloons and wore purple clothing in memory of him. Prince’s association with the colour purple has led Paisley Park (the business entity representing the estate) to file a trade mark [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 15, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The company Deckers has made the use of leather, suede and sheepskin an all year fashion necessity through its UGG boots (sold under the UGG band).
    The company Deckers has made the use of leather, suede and sheepskin an all year fashion necessity through its UGG boots (sold under the UGG band). The UGG boot is not only practical and comfortable, but it has become synonymous with leisure and luxury. This resurgence in popularity has given it a new generation of consumers.  As a result, it has been involved in constant litigation to protect its designs and trade marks. The latest round of trade mark litigation involves the brand [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 13, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    One of the world’s biggest financial services companies has failed to prevent one of their competitors from registering a trade mark.
    One of the world’s biggest financial services companies has failed to prevent one of their competitors from registering a trade mark. In 2017, CAMcap wanted to register the word ‘CAMcap’ in bold in a blue font, on a black background and followed by a red stop sign with the UK Intellectual Property Office (‘UKIPO’). The Capital Group immediately opposed the filing upon notification by the UKIPO, as it felt that the mark was confusingly similar to two of their [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 13, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The famous British brewery company Fuller have been granted a victory by the UK Intellectual Property Office (‘UKIPO’).
    The famous British brewery company Fuller have been granted a victory by the UK Intellectual Property Office (‘UKIPO’). Fuller wanted to trade mark the name ‘Froot Loops’ for their fruity ale that it is releasing this summer. However, the global cereal company Kelloggs had opposed the EU trade mark registration, as it owned a cereal called ‘Fruit Loops’. Fuller had argued that as the two products were very different, there was no strong similarities between [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 03, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    On 1st May the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York revealed the surprising news that ‘Swift’ and ‘Swiftlife’ have dismissed all claims against each other, with each party bearing its own costs.
    On 1 st May the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York revealed the surprising news that ‘Swift’ and ‘Swiftlife’ have dismissed all claims against each other, with each party bearing its own costs. The disputes began back in July 2018 when ‘Swiftlife’ accused the singer’s social networking mobile app “The Swift Life” of being an infringement of its trademark. Swiftlife is known for computer software repairs, consulting [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 02, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    You wouldn't start the day without brushing your teeth, so why file a trade mark application with a search!
    You may be fooled into thinking that you need to jump into filing the application. It is important that you start with a search. The biggest drawback for a new business in relation to trade mark, as opposed to an established business, is not only finances and resources but the lack of reputation and goodwill. This means that you will not have unregistered rights in the brand you are trying to create which will help you fight against brand copy cats. Therefore, it is best to ensure that you [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 02, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    When submitting your application, you must indicate which goods or which services you would like it to cover.
    When registering a trade mark, it is impossible to register your brand name for every type of goods and every service available. This would create a monopoly over that name and would ultimately prevent businesses from expanding and adapting. Therefore, when submitting your application, you must indicate which goods or which services you would like it to cover. All goods and services are categorised into classes, where like goods and like services are grouped together for ease of registration. [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on April 16, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Coco Chanel, one of the most influential women of all time, and one who built the foundations of a very successful brand.
    Coco Chanel, one of the most influential women of all time, and one who built the foundations of a very successful brand. Chanel perfumes are certainly no strangers to IP disputes, and it seems they are continuing this in 2019. Their latest attempt to protect their brand has been successful after a ruling of the UK Intellectual Property Office. On the basis of their ‘Coco’ mark, they succeeded in an opposition. The mark opposed was ‘CocoGoodsCo’ applied for by [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on April 16, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A look at a recent case concerning 3D trade marks.
    A look at a recent case concerning 3D trade marks. 3D trade marks are being considered by the Offices and courts a lot more in recent times, many losing their protection. In this case the US Patent and Trade Mark Office considered two perfume bottles, both in the same of a male torso. The office had to consider if they were going to allow another torso bottle 3D mark to be registered, even though one already was registered. The two torso bottles did have their differences, however, as they [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on April 08, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    In 2017, a web services provider JK Solutions applied to register the mark ‘KinkedIn’. However, the mark was opposed by the professional networking service provide LinkedIn.
    In 2017, a web services provider JK Solutions applied to register the mark ‘KinkedIn’. However, the mark was opposed by the professional networking service provide LinkedIn. LinkedIn felt that the mark ‘KinkedIn’ was highly similar and was likely to cause confusion. Furthermore, as ‘KinkedIn’ was being registered for agency services for computer and video dating services in relation to sharing sexual fetishes, LinkedIn argued that the mark [...]
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