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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 27, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The well established fast food delivery app Just Eat, has succeeded in their bid to prevent the registration of a similar brand name at the UK Intellectual Property Office.
    The well established fast food delivery app Just Eat, has succeeded in their bid to prevent the registration of a similar brand name at the UK Intellectual Property Office. The mark in question was ‘Just Pizza & Pasta’ and was applied for by Mitch Sorbie in 2016, in class 43 for fast food restaurant services. The mark was in the form of a logo and did include some stylisation in respect of the font as well as imagery of a pizza slice and some pasta on a fork. This was accepted [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 27, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Footballer Lionel Messi has previously not been on winning form when it comes to his name trade mark bid.
    Footballer Lionel Messi has previously not been on winning form when it comes to his name trade mark bid. His bid started in 2011, where he sought to register a word application for ‘Messi’ and a corresponding logo in respect of sporting equipment and clothing in the EU. This bid was opposed by Jaime Coma who claimed the application has a likelihood of confusion with his existing mark ‘Massi’ trade mark which is protected in respect of clothing, shoe, bicycle helmets [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 20, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    An Advocate General of the CJEU has stated the EUIPO must re-examine KitKat four finger shape trade mark bid.
    An Advocate General of the CJEU has stated the EUIPO must re-examine KitKat four finger shape trade mark bid. The Advocate General Melchior Wathelet has proposed that the appeals filed should all be dismissed. The saga started in 2002 when Nestle filed an application to the EU Intellectual Property Office to file the shape of their four finger KitKat as a trade mark. In 2006, this application was accepted. However, in 2007, Cadbury (now Mondelez) filed an application to the EU IPO in a bid [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 19, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Web series concept is the basis of a trade mark infringement suit against basketball star, LeBron James.
    Web series concept is the basis of a trade mark infringement suit against basketball star, LeBron James. Adventure Enterprises, who trades as The Social Club Grooming Company, is a functioning barbershop which also offer a social space. Many users, including athletes and musicians, use the shop as a place in which to tell their stories, whilst receiving a haircut. The founder of Adventure Enterprise, Sebastian Jackson, states he started work in 2014 to enable him to develop the barbershop [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 16, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Liverpool FC have filed a lawsuit in the US against Red Slopes Soccer, alleging infringement regarding their infamous trademark, the Liverpool Crest.
    Liverpool FC have filed a lawsuit in the US against Red Slopes Soccer, alleging infringement regarding their infamous trademark, the Liverpool Crest. Liverpool FC entered into an agreement with Red Slopes Soccer in an attempt to outsource some of their youth training programmes to the US. An agreement was signed, which involved Liverpool FC lending Red Slopes a sum of $73,000 to assist with preliminary costs and allowing Red Slopes the right to sublicense the Liverpool FC trademarks. Red [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 16, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Shine TV did not get all the right ingredients together in order to succeed in an opposition.
    Shine TV are the production company behind the TV cooking hit, Masterchef. Masterchef is currently in it’s 21 st season, after starting in the 1990’s. The opposition was filed against an application to protect the term ‘Mister Chef’ in respect of cooking and baking utensils. The application was filed in July 2016 by London based company Mr Chef. Shine TV filed an opposition against this application on the basis of their existing marks, two in the UK and two in the EU. [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 06, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    It is in your best interests to use the experts and will save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.
    To register a trade mark, several criteria needs to be fulfilled and an application needs to be submitted to the UK Intellectual Property Office. This application does not need to be made by a legal representative and can be submitted by the trade mark creator. However, the application is technical, and a high volume of applications submitted by the trade mark owner themselves are rejected as they are not clear about what is accepted and should be included. While it is clear we would always [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 06, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Make sure you are aware of the risk of opposition before you file an application.
    Submitting an application to register a trade mark, is largely a waiting game. Not only are you waiting for the UK Intellectual Property Office’s verdict on the registrability of your mark, you are also in anticipation of any oppositions being filed. An opposition can be filed by any party who has an existing registered trade mark that may be interfered with by your application. The owner of any existing mark that has been registered in the UK and is deemed to be similar or identical to [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 05, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The recognised holiday provider, Sandals, who are known for their all-inclusive packages for couples, had the holiday from hell on a trip to the UK Intellectual Property Office opposition division.
    The recognised holiday provider, Sandals, who are known for their all-inclusive packages for couples, had the holiday from hell on a trip to the UK Intellectual Property Office opposition division. Sandals Resorts filed an opposition against an application to protect ‘Peaches on beaches’. The application was filed by Natasha and Tehilah McGuiness in a wide range of classes including for clothing, jewellery, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, travel agency services and restaurant [...]
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