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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on November 13, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The US Supreme Court will review whether travel fare aggregator Booking.com can register their domain name as a trade mark.
    The US Supreme Court will review whether travel fare aggregator Booking.com can register their domain name as a trade mark. In July this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused permission for the registration of Booking.com’s domain name as a trade mark. The reasoning for USPTO’s decision was that the terms ‘booking’ and ‘.com’ were ‘too generic’ to be registerable as a trade mark as per the Lehman Act 15 USC 1051. [...]
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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on November 11, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Trade marks that are descriptive of the nature of their goods and/or services are not registrable.
    Deciding on a brand name that gives an indication as to what your services and/or products provide is likely to give your customers an indication of what your business does, right? Unfortunately, this does not apply when it comes to trade mark registration. This is because marks that are wholly descriptive of the goods and/or services will not be deemed able to function as a trade mark in accordance to section 3(1) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 . The reasoning behind this is to avoid marks from [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on November 11, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The pressure of making a brand stand out in today’s competitive industry is something that affects all brands.
    The pressure of making a brand stand out in today’s competitive industry is something that affects all brands. Whether a brand is can establish itself or not is connected to whether a brand can make a memorable mark in the minds of the consumer. As a result, a vast amount of companies and brands are looking to use colours to make their products stand out. In order to do this effectively, they are seeking exclusivity by registering a pantone colour with an intellectual property office. The [...]
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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on November 06, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    British luxury car maker Bentley has been accused of infringing the trade marks of a family-run clothing store in Manchester.
    British luxury car maker Bentley Motors has been accused of infringing the trade marks of a family-run clothing store in Manchester. Last week, the Courts ruled in favour of the Manchester business ‘Brandlogic’, who sells clothing registered under the name ‘Bentley Clothing’. Bentley motors who have made luxury cars since 1919, have a range of clothes and wearable items for sale. The clothes, which match the carmakers high end image, sell polos shirts retailing at [...]
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