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  • Posted by Ellis Sweetenham on October 28, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Growing in popularity, halloumi has become a well-loved, if slightly chewy, cheese.
    Growing in popularity, halloumi has become a well-loved, if slightly chewy, cheese. It seems this popularity has not gone unnoticed, as for some time Cyprus has tried to maintain their trade mark protection for the name. Monitored by the Cypriot Ministry for Energy, Commerce and Tourism, halloumi is Cyrus’s flagship product, hence their eagerness to keep the trade mark. Their UK trade mark for ‘Halloumi’ was attacked by John and Pascalis Ltd who filed three applications to [...]
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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on October 25, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    On Thursday the European General Courts upheld their 2017 decision to remove the trade mark of arguably one of the world’s most popular puzzles – the Rubik’s Cube
    On Thursday the European General Courts upheld their 2017 decision to remove the trade mark of arguably one of the world’s most popular puzzles – the Rubik’s Cube First registered as a trade mark with the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in 1999, the iconic puzzle has sold over 400 million cubes since it was first created in 1974. In 2006 the EUIPO received an application for the declaration of invalidity by German competitor, Simba Toys. Initially refused by [...]
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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on October 22, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Prior to filing to register your selected trade mark, you must identify the class of goods and or/services you wish for your mark to be protected under.
    Prior to filing to register your selected trade mark, you must identify the class of goods and or/services you wish for your mark to be protected under. These goods and services are divided into 45 classes which provide a general indication for what each class covers. For example, class 25 covers clothing, footwear and head gear. It is a common misconception that you are required to select the class of goods and/or services from pre-approved list however, you can manually create or add on as [...]
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  • Posted by Mark Reed on October 21, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    If you are wondering whether to take the plunge, read on.
    We get a huge amount of calls from potential clients who simply want to know if it is worth registering a trade mark. Some of these calls are from people who have been trading for many years and never had a problem and others are from people who are a new start up and wish to make sure everything is above board and protected before their dreams start to become reality. It is first worth noting that there are registered and unregistered intellectual property rights. This means that those rights [...]
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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on October 16, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Car manufacturing giant Ford recently filed for the ‘Black Diamond’ trade mark application with the United States Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    Car manufacturing giant Ford recently filed for the  ‘Black Diamond’ trade mark application with the United States Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO). The mark, filed under the goods and services of “Land motor vehicles, namely, passenger automobiles, pick-up trucks, sport utility vehicles”, has left ford fanatics speculating as to whether a new model is being released. Others however, suggest that the name could refer to a new colour for Ford’s vehicles. [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on October 14, 2019 / Posted in News
    Sutter Homes Winery claims trade mark infringement against Tri-Vin
    Sutter Home Wineries is one of the largest family-run independent wineries in the US. It became famous for its White Zinfandel wine that it released in 1972.   It has recently made a complaint to the US District Court with the Northern of California, alleging that a Tri-Vin Imports (a wholesaler and distributer of wine) has infringed its trade mark to sell a competitor’s wine.   The trade mark dispute centres around Sutter Home Winery’s trade mark ‘Napa [...]
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  • Posted by Ellis Sweetenham on October 08, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Kim Kardashian West, who has many businesses under her name and initials, has taken action against a ‘KKW’ trade mark application filed in the US by a Chinese Company.
    Kim Kardashian West, who has many businesses under her name and initials, has taken action against a ‘KKW’ trade mark application filed in the US by a Chinese Company. The application in question was filed by Xiamen Luo feng Technology to cover goods and services including mobile phone cases, sunglasses and headphones. Kardashian has been trading under the name Kim Kardashian West and KKW since 2017 with her beauty brand. A formal opposition has been filed to the US Patent and [...]
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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on October 01, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    As a general rule, it is advised that laudatory terms should be avoided when making a trade mark application.
    As a general rule, it is advised that laudatory terms should be avoided when making a trade mark application. A laudatory term is one that attributes to the quality or excellence of a product and/or service, for example, ‘the best pizza shop’ or ‘wonderful supermarket’. Marks that include words that give praise of commendation to the product or service are generally considered to be devoid of distinctive character and as such, are highly likely to be refused by a trade [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on October 01, 2019 / Posted in News
    Beyoncé attempts trade mark Blue Ivy Carter ‘s name, after stating her daughter is a "cultural icon"
    Beyoncé has to arguably be one of the most notable and celebrated star icons of the 21 st century. Her powerhouse vocals and her energetic moves have solidified her as an entertainer for the ages. However, her claim that her daughter Blue Ivy Carter is a ‘cultural icon’, calls to question whether a celebrity’s global presence is strong enough to make the name of a seven-year-old distinctive to be registered as a trade mark? An American regional wedding planning bears to [...]
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