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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 22, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    When starting a new business, or moving into a new specialism, it may seem like everything needs to be done yesterday.
    When starting a new business, or moving into a new specialism, it may seem like everything needs to be done yesterday. However, when considering the registration of a trade mark and the registration of a domain name, part of the complete package for a new business, it is difficult to know what need to come first. With the world spending 99% of their lives online, it is important that your business can be accessed online and potential customers can see that your business is above your [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 22, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    While it is a big achievement to successfully register your trade mark, that is not where it ends.
    From registration, the protection in your trade mark will only last for a period of 10 years. However this can be extended indefinitely by applying for a renewal. This will still need to be done every 10 years until you decide to no longer benefit from your registered trade mark. This is no guarantee that your application for renewal will be accepted by the  UK Intellectual Property Office, as this is their opportunity to ensure your mark is still meeting the requirements. While it may [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 22, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A trade mark search may seem an unnecessary expense when looking to protect your brand but it is extremely invaluable.
    A trade mark search may seem an unnecessary expense when looking to protect your brand but it is extremely invaluable. It is essential that an application to register a trade mark is as problem free as possible to ensure you are protected quickly. To ensure that the application is not a waste of time and money, it is important to establish that your proposed mark is open for registration. To do this, you need to do a trade mark search. There are differing levels of detail, depending on the [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 22, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    You may think that trade marks and protecting IP is only for big corporations, the impact on a small business can surprise you.
    Any business with a brand name or a logo can potentially have a registered trade mark. A registered trade mark allows you to prevent any other person using your brand name or one similar that may cause confusion. In simple terms, it allows you to build your business and create a reputation safe in the knowledge that no one can impose on that. Copycats will try to either damage a reputation or confuse the public into thinking they are the genuine product by using a similar brand name. With a [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 15, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Well known dating service and online hub for singletons, eHarmony has recently succeeded in preventing a potential rival, ‘matchedharmony’ registering their name as a trade for dating services.
    Well known dating service and online hub for singletons, eHarmony has recently succeeded in preventing a potential rival, ‘matchedharmony’ registering their name as a trade for dating services. A registered trade mark owner has the right to oppose any trade mark applications that they feel will have an impact on their own trade mark. This can include the degree of similarity between the two marks or any belief that allowing the new mark to be registered it will affect the way the [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 08, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A coexistence agreement is between two or more parties and allows them to use an identical or similar mark for different goods and exist together happily without any disputes.
    A coexistence agreement is between two or more parties and allows them to use an identical or similar mark for different goods and exist together happily without any disputes. If you are looking to register a mark that is similar or identical to one that is already registered, then think again. Without any contact or negotiation with the existing trade mark owner, they will not allow their mark to be infringed. However if you make it clear that you will only trade in one area and not step [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 08, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    If you are looking to register a trade mark, it is not best to jump straight into it.
    If you are looking to register a trade mark, it is not best to jump straight into it. Trade marks are valuable therefore you need to ensure you are putting in the effort at the beginning to ensure you are not losing out. The number of brands being protected across the UK is increasing by the day therefore it is essential you do not try and protect a brand that is owned by someone else. To do this, you need submit a trade mark search. The Trademarkroom can make the process very simple for [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 08, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Word has come from the UK Intellectual Property Office that there have been yet more reports of IP based scams.
    Word has come from the UK Intellectual Property Office that there have been yet more reports of IP based scams. There have been a number of reports stating that trade mark owners have been receiving call from an organisation claiming to be the ‘Trade Marks Intellectual Property Office’. During these calls, the scammers have been pushing people to buy domain names. These are not genuine domain names. Their aim is to scare people into buying these domains by threatening an effect on [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 05, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Monster Energy, the large energy drink manufacturer filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against the Nature’s Bounty Company and Met-Rx Substrate Technology on the 30th of January.
    Monster Energy, the large energy drink manufacturer filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against the Nature’s Bounty Company and Met-Rx Substrate Technology on the 30th of January. The defendants are companies producing vitamins and supplements and are accused of using ‘Monster Energy’s’ mark in a series of drink products they have launched. According to the claimant’s application the defendants have competed unfairly and have created a false designation of [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on February 01, 2017 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Fashion brand is fighting the counterfeiters and have filed a claim against online sales of fake products.
    Fashion brand is fighting the counterfeiters and have filed a claim against online sales of fake products. In a world where online counterfeiting is on the up, it is a continued battle for brands to keep the market clear of copycats. Burberry, famous for its check designs, is the next in line to take them on. Filed in the US this week, Burberry has claimed that the defendants have sold counterfeit goods on online marketplaces, claiming they are legitimate. In doing so, the counterfeiters [...]
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