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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on September 15, 2020 / Posted in News
    Tech giant Apple are opposing the trade mark registration of food prep app Prepear’s logo, as they argue that their green pear logo “readily calls to mind” Apple’s iconic one.
    Tech giant Apple are opposing the trade mark registration of food prep app Prepear’s logo, as they argue that their green pear logo “readily calls to mind” Apple’s iconic one. Apple have further-argued that the allowance of Prepear’s trade mark application would make theirs much less distinctive and potentially cause consumer confusion, as per their filing with the USPTO. Prepear have since responded by claiming that the logos hold no resemblance at all. [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on September 02, 2020 / Posted in News
    Olly Murs has become a household name after his regular appearance as a presenter, on the X-factor, followed by a successful musical career, Olly appears keen to expand his career outside of music with his recent Trade Mark Filing.
    Olly Murs has become a household name after his regular appearance as a presenter, on the X-factor, followed by a successful musical career. However, after his recent trade mark filing with the UKIPO, Olly appears keen to expand his career outside of music. The classes of goods under which the star filed to trade mark his name did not only include kitchen utensils but also jewellery, clothing, shoes, books, magazines and more.   Despite Murs’ undeniable success, which has made him a [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on September 02, 2020 / Posted in News
    New Payments Platform Australia (NPPA) is a well-known Australian financial services firm, whom are reaching headlines, as the company are suing Ripple Labs, over allegations of trade mark infringement.
    New Payments Platform Australia (NPPA) is a well-known Australian financial services firm, whom are reaching headlines, as the company are suing Ripple Labs, over allegations of trade mark infringement. In their recently filed court document, the company have claimed that Ripple have breached Australia’s Trade Marks Act (1995) by utilising their brand and trade mark “PayID”, without any authorisation to do so.   PayID was launched by NPPA, back in February 2018, with an [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on July 16, 2020 / Posted in News
    Ferrari has lost their trade mark for the 250 GTO in battle with Ares Design
    If you are familiar with Trade Marks you will know that once a trade mark has been filed, you must use the trade mark in the goods and services you have provided, within a 5 year period . If you fail to use the mark accordingly there is a risk that the mark could be removed from you or removed in certain goods and services.  This has been the recent case for Ares Design, an Italian bespoke car manufacturer, against highly reputable, Ferrari.   Ares noted that Ferrari had [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on June 19, 2020 / Posted in News
    Since the start of coronavirus, small business have taken a hit. This can be seen in craft breweries around the UK. Only in the last decade, the popularity and need for craft breweries have increased.
      Since the start of Coronavirus, small business have taken a hit. This can be seen in craft breweries around the UK. Only in the last decade, the popularity and need for craft breweries has increased. This popularity increase has lead to an increase and saturation of craft beers into the market. With this increase in need for craft breweries, comes an increased need for protection of the brand. This need for brand protection has been shown in the figures where recently it has been [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on April 27, 2020 / Posted in News
    Amazon’s world just got better and better. Will anyone be brave enough to put a brake on its ‘knotwood like’ hold on the economy.
    Amazon’s world just got better and better. Will anyone be brave enough to put a brake on its ‘knotwood like’ hold on the economy. Its reportedly generating squillions, pays little tax in comparison with its revenues and now its winning important cases which will increase its bottom line and make it even richer.  Coty Inc. is a German company and owns brands such as Davidoff which it distributes and licenses the Word Mark DAVIDOFF. On 2 April 2020 the Court of Justice of [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on April 21, 2020 / Posted in News
    Forgetting to renew your mark can lead to a number of trade mark issues, as shown in the recent "Ben Fu" case.
    It takes alot of time and precision to make sure your trade mark is representative of your brand and covers the correct classes. You need to make sure that you are 100% happy with your mark before applying for a trade mark. This is because, once your mark has been filed, this cannot be changed. When you are happy with your brand, you can file for a trade mark. Once you are accepted by the IPO, you will be on the register for 10 years. To prevent your mark being removed from the register you will [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on April 20, 2020 / Posted in News
    Analysing the Duke and Duchess' Trade Marks and their new trade mark filing
    As you will know; the best way to protect your  brand against ‘copy cats’ is to apply for a trade mark.  It is well known that the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex filed for the trade mark ‘Sussex Royal’ last year (see previous articles for more background on this). As explained previously the trade mark was to cover goods and services for a charitable organisation as well as selling branded clothing.  They faced many challenges when filing for this [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on April 08, 2020 / Posted in News
    Over the past few months there has been a trade mark battle between a German arm of beauty company- Coty (who owns Davidoff) and Amazon.
    Over the past few months there has been a trade mark battle between a German arm of beauty company- Coty (who owns Davidoff) and Amazon. They were trying to stop Amazon selling unlicensed Davidoff perfumes online and claimed they are breaching trade mark rights.  Their trade mark rights were breached when they were seen to stock “its Davidoff perfume for third party sellers”. Coty owns brand rights in the EU. However the European Court of Justice (ECJ) noted that Amazon, [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on April 01, 2020 / Posted in News
    Confusion between Angola and the WHO on Pharmaceutical Trade Marks
    The Angolan system is very similar to that of the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). An examiner from the IAPI examines the trade marks to see if they will pass. Once they have passed this stage this goes onto the Industrial Property Bulletin.  Despite their vigorous examination procedure, there has been noted some complaints, showing incorrect regulation in a number of applications. These applications have shown to violate the INN rules as set out by the WHO.  In order to [...]
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