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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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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on March 31, 2020 / Posted in News
    As of the 24th March 2020, the UKIPO CEO has declared ‘interrupted days’, namely for the foreseeable future. As a result this means that any trade marks filed after the 24th March 2020 are granted extensions.
    As of the 24 th  March 2020, the UKIPO CEO has declared ‘interrupted days’, namely for the foreseeable future.  As a result this means that any trade marks filed after the 24 th  March 2020 are granted extensions. The breakdown of how this affects the trade mark filing procedure is noted below:  The examination procedure To get in contact with an examiner if your trademark is in the examination/ hearing report process, then you need to contact only via email or [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on March 23, 2020 / Posted in News
    Update on Trademarkroom measures for COVID-19
    Dear clients, In view of COVID-19 we wanted to alert you about the potential changes in the coming weeks. Here at the Trademarkroom we have been keeping a close eye on the development of COVID-19 and advise the following:  We wish to assure you that we continue to provide high levels of service throughout this uncertain period. However, as a result of the recent developments, it is best that we now work from the safety of our homes and self isolate in accordance with government [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on February 06, 2020 / Posted in News
    Ferrari has started a legal battle between an independent sports charity. The dispute is over the Italian word for thoroughbred.
    Ferrari has started a legal battle between an independent sports charity. The dispute is over the Italian word for thoroughbred.   Trade marks need to be used a significant amount of times to prevent it from becoming revoked. Ferrari has claimed that the charity has not used the trade mark enough times to be granted rights over the word.   The term argued over is ‘Purosangue’. Ferrari uses this on one of their SUV models whereas the charity is named Purosangue, due to [...]
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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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