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  • Posted by TMR TMR on January 16, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Irish fast-food chain Supermac’s strips food giant McDonald’s European Union trademark over its globally famous Big Mac burger.
    Irish fast-food chain Supermac’s strips food giant McDonald’s European Union trademark over its globally famous Big Mac burger. The landmark decision with immediate effect revoked the registration of the Big Mac trademark stating the food giant had failed to prove “genuine use” over its mark. The decision made on Tuesday followed a long running legal dispute between the food giant and family owned chain which began in 2015 , subsequent to an objection from [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on January 10, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The luxury jewellery house founded in 1847 is still a thriving brand that has become synonymous with celebrity lifestyle.
    The luxury jewellery house founded in 1847 is still a thriving brand that has become synonymous with celebrity lifestyle. In filing an opposition in Singapore, the Hearing Officer assesses whether any an individual/ entity can monopolise the word ‘LOVE’ as a trade mark in relation to class 14 (jewellery).   The luxury designer jewellery house filed an opposition against the company MoneyMax jewellery’s application of their trade mark ‘LOVE GOLD’ in classes 14 [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on January 10, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The household named spirit brand appeals the EUIPO’s refusal to register it’s EU trade mark due to lack of distinctiveness
      The household named spirit brand appeals the EUIPO’s refusal to register it’s EU trade mark due to lack of distinctiveness. In the appeal, the importance of whether a trade mark serves the basic function of enabling consumers to identify the origins of their products is discussed. The famous family owned spirits company has been successful in its application to register a figurative sign (a graphic mark) as an EU trade mark (the shape of the Bacardi bottle). It had [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on January 09, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Fifth year running!!
    The Trademarkroom are happy to announce that we have been ranked in the top 100 UK trade mark filers for the 5th year running.   We hope that this will continue for years to come. This is clear evidence that The Trademarkroom are experts when it comes to trade marks. If you want the experts on your side when filing a trade mark, for business friendly prices, contact The Trademarkroom today. [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on January 08, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A brief insight into what certification marks are.
    In this modern day and age, consumers like to know that the goods or services they purchase are of a high quality. As a result, it can be quite a lucrative for a trader to sell goods or services that have a certification mark. A certification mark can take the form of names, symbols, or devices and is used by groups or persons to show compliance to a high level of standards. Due to how lucrative the use of a certification mark can be, the products or services that have certification marks are [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on December 20, 2018 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The well-known confectionary brand Cadbury UK, has been using the iconic colour purple for nearly 100 years.
    The well-known confectionary brand Cadbury UK, has been using the iconic colour purple for nearly 100 years. Cadbury UK have been involved in many legal battles regarding registering the trade marks for this famous colour. In its latest legal dispute, the Court of Appeal examines Cadbury’s trade mark history relating to its purple mark and reaffirms what constitutes a series of marks.   The case involved the Appellant (‘Cadbury UK’) appealing against a decision of [...]
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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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