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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on June 22, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Check out these do's and don'ts to ensure your application attempt is a good one.
    It is important you know what is required and what should be avoided when looking to protect your brand. DO make your mark distinctive. A trade mark should be a clear representative of your business therefore it is essential that it is unique to you. This will also allow you to attract customers over and above your competitors. DO NOT copy another brand. While it may be tempting to give yourself a foot up on the ladder by using the attraction and recognition of another brand, this is not the [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on June 22, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Check your knowlege on trade marks.
    Q-  What is a trade mark? A – A trade mark is a logo, phrase or both that should represent your business or goods. Q-  Why should I register my trade mark? A-  By registering your mark, you have the power to prevent any other person from using your trade mark. This will therefore prevent anyone from pretending they are you and harming your reputation or poaching your customers. Q-  Can anything be a trade mark? A- No, anything that is offensive or contains [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on June 14, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    In the IP world, there are some cases which catch the enthusiasm of many and are watched closely, eager with anticipation as to the outcome.
    In the IP world, there are some cases which catch the enthusiasm of many and are watched closely, eager with anticipation as to the outcome. Especially in the EU trade mark world, there has been one case over others which has really divided opinion, in recent times. And it all boils down to the sole of a shoe. Beginning in 2012, luxury shoe brand Christian Louboutin took aim at Dutch establishment Van Haren claiming trade mark infringement of their registered trade mark in respect a red shoe [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on June 13, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Long established video game creators Atari have put their foot down and issued a trade mark and copyright infringement claim against an online retailer for selling counterfeit goods.
    Long established video game creators Atari have put their foot down and issued a trade mark and copyright infringement claim against an online retailer for selling counterfeit goods. Creators of widely recognised games such as ‘Breakout’, ‘Pong’ and Asteroids’, Atari were founded in the 1970’s. The claims centres on Redbubble’s website on which a user can upload a design or image and apply it to different items, such as t-shirts, hats and phone cases. [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on June 04, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The popular e-sports team "FaZe Clan" is currently being sued by the San Francisco clothing company "FAZE Apparel".
    The popular e-sports team "FaZe Clan" is currently being sued by the San Francisco clothing company "FAZE Apparel". The case came about after the gaming team had started to sell clothing depicting "FaZe Clan". Previously the FaZe Clan had attempted to register trade marks so they could sell clothing affiliated with the team however because of the similarity to "FAZE Apparel" the applications were denied. Despite this FaZe clan began to sell clothing on its website and Electronic Gamers' League [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on June 01, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A.B.C. IPHoldings South West has officially acquired the trade mark for the popular cryptocurrency “Bitcoin”.
    A.B.C. IPHoldings South West has officially acquired the trade mark for the popular cryptocurrency “Bitcoin”. As a result, they have already started to take action on other companies using the trade mark. One of these includes Etsy (an online retailer which allows users to sell their own products) who were sent a cease and desist order by A.B.C. because they were selling Bitcoin-themed T-shirts. They ordered that Etsy recall all Bitcoin related products that have already been sold [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on June 01, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The long standing legal dispute between Adidas and Skechers has finally come to a close.
    The long standing legal dispute between Adidas and Skechers has finally come to a close. On Wednesday the two trainer giants settled the lawsuit brought by Adidas in September 2015 accusing Skechers of trade mark Infringement over its signature three-stripe mark. See further details here: http://www.trademarkroom.com/blog/item/adidas-sketchers-trade-mark-infringement Both parties agreed to settle, each dismissing all claims as well as paying their own attorneys fees and expenses. The terms of [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on May 25, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Unusual trade marks such as smells have been much disputed in the UK and EU, with many of the latest attempts failing.
    Unusual trade marks such as smells have been much disputed in the UK and EU, with many of the latest attempts failing. However, it seems across the pond, they are not as against protecting a smell as a trade mark. The latest success is certainly something you would not expect. It is a smell that undoubtedly will take you right back to your childhood. Hasbro, the toy company, has successfully registered the smell of Play Doh as a trade mark at the US Patent and Trade Mark Office. Becoming [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on May 25, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    In a world where anything goes, who are we to stop our four-legged friends enjoyed a few beverages after a long week.
    In a world where anything goes, who are we to stop our four-legged friends enjoyed a few beverages after a long week. With pets becoming part of the family more than ever, there is no limit to the products you can now buy. This includes the equivalent of your favourite tipple for your pooch. Pet drinks company, Woof and Brew, attempted to protect the term ‘Pawsecco’ as a trade mark in the UK for edible pet treats in 2017. However, this was short lived as the application was [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on May 21, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Intercontinental Great Brands LLC, formerly known as Kraft foods has sued Dongguan Changshunli food Limited and Jiezhou Food limited for trade mark infringement of “Ritz” crackers.
    Intercontinental Great Brands LLC, formerly known as Kraft foods has sued Dongguan Changshunli food Limited and Jiezhou Food limited for trade mark infringement of “Ritz” crackers. The U.S company accused the Chinese companies of infringing upon the “Ritz” trademarks, which are registered in China, by selling Cookies under the brand name “Rize” with a very similar typeface. Ritz argued that the name and design of the packaging was very similar to its [...]
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