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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 31, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    In addition to ordinary marks, there are two other kinds of trade marks that can be registered with the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) – certification marks and collective marks.
    In addition to ordinary marks, there are two other kinds of trade marks that can be registered with the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) – certification marks and collective marks. Certification Marks A certification mark is a specific type of trademark which is defined in Section 50(1) of the Trade Mark Act 1994 as ‘a mark indicating that the goods and services in connection with which it is used are certified by the proprietor of the mark in respect of origin, [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 31, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media has recently filed a trade mark infringement lawsuit against Canadian Retailer Hudson Bay for the unauthorized use of the slogan “Make Canada Great Again” on their baseball caps.
    Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media has recently filed a trade mark infringement lawsuit against Canadian Retailer Hudson Bay for the unauthorized use of the slogan “Make Canada Great Again” on their baseball caps. The statement filed by Rebel on May 24 in the Federal Court of Canada claims the Canadian Retailer sells baseball caps among other items, in which the slogan is carried. Rebel successfully registered the mark earlier this year and claim to have been using it in Canada [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 21, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Sky (‘the British telecom company’) has won its trade mark case against KID-Systeme (a company that specialises in the design of air-craft electronics) in the EU General Court (‘General Court’).
    Sky (‘the British telecom company’) has won its trade mark case against KID-Systeme (a company that specialises in the design of air-craft electronics) in the EU General Court (‘General Court’). In 2013, KID-Systeme had applied to register the mark ‘SKYFi’ in classes 9 (scientific, audio, visual, telecommunication and computer equipment) and 37 (building, construction, repair and installation). The Board of Appeal for the European Intellectual Property [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 15, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The late musical icon Prince was someone who defied the stereotypical boundaries of race, music and fashion.
    The late musical icon Prince was someone who defied the stereotypical boundaries of race, music and fashion. Prince’s constant use and musical reference to the colour purple was something that all his fans came to identify him by. Subsequently, when he died, his fans lit purple candles, left purple balloons and wore purple clothing in memory of him. Prince’s association with the colour purple has led Paisley Park (the business entity representing the estate) to file a trade mark [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 15, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The company Deckers has made the use of leather, suede and sheepskin an all year fashion necessity through its UGG boots (sold under the UGG band).
    The company Deckers has made the use of leather, suede and sheepskin an all year fashion necessity through its UGG boots (sold under the UGG band). The UGG boot is not only practical and comfortable, but it has become synonymous with leisure and luxury. This resurgence in popularity has given it a new generation of consumers.  As a result, it has been involved in constant litigation to protect its designs and trade marks. The latest round of trade mark litigation involves the brand [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 13, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    One of the world’s biggest financial services companies has failed to prevent one of their competitors from registering a trade mark.
    One of the world’s biggest financial services companies has failed to prevent one of their competitors from registering a trade mark. In 2017, CAMcap wanted to register the word ‘CAMcap’ in bold in a blue font, on a black background and followed by a red stop sign with the UK Intellectual Property Office (‘UKIPO’). The Capital Group immediately opposed the filing upon notification by the UKIPO, as it felt that the mark was confusingly similar to two of their [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 13, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The famous British brewery company Fuller have been granted a victory by the UK Intellectual Property Office (‘UKIPO’).
    The famous British brewery company Fuller have been granted a victory by the UK Intellectual Property Office (‘UKIPO’). Fuller wanted to trade mark the name ‘Froot Loops’ for their fruity ale that it is releasing this summer. However, the global cereal company Kelloggs had opposed the EU trade mark registration, as it owned a cereal called ‘Fruit Loops’. Fuller had argued that as the two products were very different, there was no strong similarities between [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 03, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    On 1st May the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York revealed the surprising news that ‘Swift’ and ‘Swiftlife’ have dismissed all claims against each other, with each party bearing its own costs.
    On 1 st May the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York revealed the surprising news that ‘Swift’ and ‘Swiftlife’ have dismissed all claims against each other, with each party bearing its own costs. The disputes began back in July 2018 when ‘Swiftlife’ accused the singer’s social networking mobile app “The Swift Life” of being an infringement of its trademark. Swiftlife is known for computer software repairs, consulting [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 02, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    You wouldn't start the day without brushing your teeth, so why file a trade mark application with a search!
    You may be fooled into thinking that you need to jump into filing the application. It is important that you start with a search. The biggest drawback for a new business in relation to trade mark, as opposed to an established business, is not only finances and resources but the lack of reputation and goodwill. This means that you will not have unregistered rights in the brand you are trying to create which will help you fight against brand copy cats. Therefore, it is best to ensure that you [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on May 02, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    When submitting your application, you must indicate which goods or which services you would like it to cover.
    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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