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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 19, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    You need to be aware that not all correspondence you receive that appears to be legitimate is in fact that.
    There have been a number of announcements from the UK Intellectual Property Office in the recent months, warning of fake invoices that could be very costly. You need to be aware that not all correspondence you receive that appears to be legitimate is in fact that. A number of fake invoices have been received by trade mark owners claiming to be form the UK IPO stating that their trade mark is up for renewal and a substantial higher than normal fee needs to be paid. The fake invoices are seeming [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 19, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A peek at the Chinese trade mark system
    The Chinese system has similarities to the UK in the sense that trade mark registration is there to protect signs, shapes, logos and colours. It is also the same in the fact that protection in a registered trade mark lasts for an initial ten years and can be renewed indefinitely every ten years after that. However, the system does have differences to the UK so it is best to make yourself familiar with the process before moving forward with an application. Registration There are two ways in [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 19, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    When registering a trade mark, it is impossible to register your brand name for every type of goods and every service available.
    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 Jane Coyle on October 10, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Trade mark watching is a process completed by the trade mark owner, or someone on their behalf, in which any action taken by a third party which may take advantage or infringe your brand.
    While the crucial step is to register your trade mark, it is equally important to continually monitor your registered marks to ensure they are not being used and abused by someone else. This monitoring can be done through the process of trade mark watching. Trade mark watching is a process completed by the trade mark owner, or someone on their behalf, in which any action taken by a third party which may take advantage or infringe your brand. The watcher will be looking for any potentially [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 10, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The acceptance by Companies House is in no way confirmation of a plain sailing trade mark application.
    It is a common misconception that an acceptance of a business name by Companies House means that business is automatically entitled to register that business name as a trade mark. Companies House are the body in the UK which regulate the incorporation of companies. It is their job to ensure that businesses are not all registered with the same name. This would of course cause confusion and could present problems as the businesses trade. However, just because Companies House has accepted your [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 05, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    What many people don’t realise is that not only can a trade mark be beneficial financially in its use as an indication of quality and reputation to customers but its value as a mark in itself can be high.
    What many people don’t realise is that not only can a trade mark be beneficial financially in its use as an indication of quality and reputation to customers but its value as a mark in itself can be high. Many large corporations have a vast library of protected intellectual property. If the current owners were to sell to another, that person would be buying not only the physical assets but also any trade marks or designs etc they may have. With this comes the businesses reputation, its [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 05, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    When applying to the UK intellectual Property Office for a registered trade mark, there a number of elements that are key. You need to ensure you are up to speed with all steps to ensure you have the best success with your application.
    When applying to the UK intellectual Property Office for a registered trade mark, there a number of elements that are key. You need to ensure you are up to speed with all steps to ensure you have the best success with your application. A factor to this is the forms and fees you need to supply in relation to your application and future milestones if your mark is successfully registered. You will also need to consider any fees payable to a trade mark expert you may wish to get on board to ensure [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 03, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    f you are looking to register a trade mark, as a start-up business, you have a number of options to consider when establishing your position.
    f you are looking to register a trade mark, as a start-up business, you have a number of options to consider when establishing your position. Depending on where you trade and subsequently where you want protection, it determines what type of trade mark you are looking to apply for. The three types are a UK trade mark; a EU Trade mark which gives protection in the 28 EU member states and lastly, you can apply for international protection for your mark. These types have both their advantages [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 03, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    After a U-Turn on validity, Peppa Pig has brought home the bacon and succeeded in having the ‘Tobbia’ trade mark deemed invalid in the EU.
    After a U-Turn on validity, Peppa Pig has brought home the bacon and succeeded in having the ‘Tobbia’ trade mark deemed invalid in the EU. The owners of the ‘Peppa Pig’,  Entertainment One UK and Ashley Baker Davies, brought a case in relation to their EU trade mark stating that ‘Tobbia’ mark which registered in the same class of goods, Class 25 for clothing, footwear and headgear, and depicted a suspiciously similar looking pig, was invalid. [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on September 25, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    There are many companies offering a trade mark registration services, but The Trademarkroom are the most cost effective and business friendly option and should be your choice!
    With technology developing and businesses building, the need and demand for registered trade marks and assistance from experts is growing. Therefore, it is essential you choose the best firm of trade mark experts to aid you. The Trademarkroom is that firm. Having been in operation since 1999, we are one of the longest established trade mark specialists with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Our aim is to ensure that any business you conduct with us, whether that is a trade mark search, [...]
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