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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on September 18, 2019 / Posted in News
    Air New Zealands trademark conflict with the Maori community over the phrase Kia Ora
    A recent dispute has come to light between Air New Zealand and the Maori Community. This is over Air New Zealand’s attempt to trademark the imagine of the words “ Kia Ora ”. The word “ Kia Ora ” is the title of the airlines in flight magazine however this has caused a great amount of conflict between the Maori community. Kia Ora in Maori is a phrase used amongst the indigenous community; as a greeting. However, the airline argue that it is not the words themselves [...]
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  • Posted by Ellis Sweetenham on September 17, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Another reminder about fake invoices- they are still out there!
    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 mark is up for renewal and a substantial higher than normal fee needs to be paid. In addition, there has been a rise in fake invoices being sent to new trade mark applicants claiming they need to pay further [...]
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  • Posted by Ellis Sweetenham on September 17, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    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.
    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 didnt want to give you just one reason, so we have listed 10 reasons why the Trademarkroom should be your choice when protecting your brand. 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 [...]
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  • Posted by Ellis Sweetenham on September 17, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    An alternative to the standard process that may save you a headache!
    When filing a trade mark application through the standard route, there are official filing fees payable, as well as our legal fees if you would like our assistance with the application. 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 [...]
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  • Posted by Michael Coyle on September 16, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Individuals and companies are becoming more aware of the benefits in protecting trade mark rights in up and coming industries
    The UK music scene some would say, has not been given as much attention as that in the US. However, with the global interest in world music increasing, it seems that more people are embracing the unique sound it embodies. As a result,  service production companies have developed in order to provide services relating to video visuals to this growing industry.  This is particularly popular with the UK’s grime scene, which usually depicts, strong, unapologetic and colourful images [...]
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  • Posted by Michael Coyle on September 10, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Ariana Grande has brought forward a Trade Mark Infringement Case with Forever 21 costing $10 million
      Ariana Grande has brought forward a trade mark lawsuit against Forever 21.   Forever 21 have falsely used Ariana Grande on around 30 images and videos used in conjunction with their clothing brand. Forever 21 have been accused of misappropriating Ariana’s name, image, likeness and music. In one case, even using her latest song ‘7 rings’ for a clothing campaign (run by the founder’s daughters) but have replaced Ariana with a ‘double’.   [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on September 08, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    In accordance to UK trade mark law, marks containing geographical terms are not registrable.
    In accordance to UK trade mark law, marks containing geographical terms are not registrable. Section 3(1)(c) of the Trade Mark Act provides that “any sign, which may serve, in trade, to designate the kind, quality, quantity, intended purpose, value, geographical origin, the time of production of goods or of rendering of services, or other characteristics of goods or services will be refused registration”. The rationale for this condition is to prevent applicants in having a [...]
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  • Posted by Michael Coyle on September 07, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    US claimant fails...it was always going to be difficult.
    The High Court this month refused an interim injunction in a passing off action concerning the use of a descriptive phrase 'FREEPRINTS '. My first reaction was how on earth did the Claimant think it would succeed in the first place? It argued that there was a serious issue to be tried; they had generated substantial goodwill as a result of extensive use of the sign "FREEPRINTS". The Defendant argued that there was no serious issue to be tried; "FREE PRINTS" was descriptive; the claimants did [...]
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  • Posted by Michael Coyle on September 07, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Oi! You. You're nicked
    The Intellectual Property Office IP Crime and Enforcement 2018 to 2019 Report has been released, in addition a separate supplement with a sample of IP related case studies from Trading Standards is also included. The report can be found here  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/829271/ip-crime-and-enforcement-report-2018-19.pdf Some amazing facts ...Some 12 million domains were registered last year with some 32,000 domains [...]
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  • Posted by Michael Coyle on September 07, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Trade marks and Amazon and Trademarks
    As well as not paying hardly any UK tax Amazon can also be facilitating the infringement of your trade marks or designs.  In short according to  Marketplace Pulse, an e-commerce analyst, has warned that Amazon is "plagued" with counterfeit goods. It is based on the fact that a quarter of marketplace sellers on Amazon.co.uk were based in China and used Amazon's delivery services to distribute their goods. Now this could be seen to be China bashing but estimates suggest that as much [...]
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