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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on December 20, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The European Court of Justice rules that collective trade marks can be assessed in the same way as an individual trade mark.
    The European Court of Justice rules that collective trade marks can be assessed in the same way as an individual trade mark. This case involved a European Union collective trade marks belonging to an association of the Tea Board in India (‘the Association’). The association was established in Darjeeling (a town in West Bengal) in India. What is a collective trademark ? A collective trade mark is defined as one which distinguishes an entity as being part of an association or [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on December 19, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    One of the most famous toy brands in the world, Lego Group have certainly built up a strong IP portfolio.
    One of the most famous toy brands in the world, Lego Group have certainly built up a strong IP portfolio. They have extended this portfolio to show its true depth in their latest claim against Zuru. Zuru is a toy company based in New Zealand and have been operating since 2004. Lego has made a number of claims against a number of Zuru’s products. Firstly, Lego claim that Zuru have produced and sell products that are confusingly and substantially similar to their Lego Minifigure [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on December 19, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    As reported on The Trademarkroom Blog previously, Aldi came under a spot of bother when they released a ‘champagne sorbet’.
    As reported on The Trademarkroom Blog previously, Aldi came under a spot of bother when they released a ‘champagne sorbet’. The French Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) had brought proceedings against Aldi over the product, claiming that the product containing 12% champagne impacted negatively on the ‘champagne’ name. The claim was filed in Germany as this is where the product was sold.  However, the German court requested the opinion of [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on December 12, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The dispute rumbles on for Bentley and family clothing company Brandlogic who have been locked in a trademark quarrel with the motor giant since 2000.
    The dispute rumbles on for Bentley and family clothing company Brandlogic who have been locked in a trademark quarrel with the motor giant since 2000. Brandlogic, which owns the Manchester-based 1962 clothing brand, are seeking an injunction to stop the motor firm using its brand name ‘Bentley’ for the sale of clothing in the UK. The clothing companies registered trademark goes back to 1982 and has been established since 1962. Christopher Lees, a director of the family run business [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on December 05, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    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 have your brand secured through registration before pushing your brand out into the industry, in a bid to minimise the chance of [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on December 05, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A key concern for a business owner, especially one who is just starting out, is to ensure their brand is protected and they will not run up big bills trying to protect it.
    The most important step in protecting your brand is registering it as a trade mark. However, once your mark is registered, the work does not stop there as the brand must be watched to ensure there is no third party trying to take advantage. When you are selling a product on the internet, this can be a never-ending task with product listings popping up by their thousands every day. This is where Amazon Brand Registry steps in. By signing up to Amazon Brand Registry, Amazon will therefore [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on December 05, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    We understand that when making your legal choice, it can be difficult to see the good guys through the see of over-inflated prices.
    Here at The Trademarkroom, we offer a cost effective and business friendly service provided by a family firm who will always be on your side. We have listed the top ten reasons why you will not get the level of success with anyone else than you will with The Trademarkroom. Our main focus as a business is our customers; therefore our aim is to make any application or process as stress free and smooth for you As The Trademarkroom has been in operation since 1999, we are proud to be one the [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on December 05, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Yet again, we see fake invoices being sent out to trade mark applicants on a very consistent basis.
    There have been a number of announcements from the UK Intellectual Property Office and other legitimate Intellectual Property Organisations in the recent months, warning of fake invoices that could be very costly. You need to be aware that not all correspondence you receive that appears to be legitimate is in fact that. A number of fake invoices have been received by trade mark applicants and owners claiming to be from Trade Mark and Intellectual Property Organisations stating that their trade [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on November 20, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A quick note on another way in which you can file your UK trade mark application
    As many people are aware, when filing a UK trade mark application there are fees payable.  These fees are required to be paid upfront when the application is filed and are not refundable, even if the application is not successful.  Not all applications are clear cut and there is certainly an element of risk with every application.  Therefore it can be quite a financial risk to push forward with an application, if it isnt clear there will be a successful outcome.  This is [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on November 20, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    What many people do not know is that you can create a series of trade marks that can give you a higher level of power and protection.
    While many businesses start by registering one trade mark, what many people do not know is that you can create a series of trade marks that can give you a higher level of power and protection. If you have built your brand with a number of elements, you may want to consider filing a series trade mark application to ensure your complete brand is protected rather than just the main logo.  Through the UK Intellectual Property Office, there is the option to file up to six marks in one [...]
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