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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 16, 2013 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Dulux®, let’s Colour
    Manufactured for more than 80 years, Dulux ®  paint has an enviable and established reputation for quality. The brand is instantly recognisable thanks to its iconic Dulux  ®  mascot, the familiar Old English Sheepdog that made his debut in a  TV  advert in 1961.In recent years the brand’s remit has expanded to offering not just high quality paint but also inspiration, support and reassurance throughout the decorating process. This case study is reproduced [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 15, 2013 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Free Copyright talks at British Library 12 November 2013
    We LOVE the British Library. Free  Copyright talks at British Library 12 November 2013: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/whyuse/events/events-calendar/events-bl-london.htm … @britishlibrary [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 14, 2013 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A collective trademark represents that the goods or services belong to a particular association, denoting a membership with that organisation.
     The difference between collective and certification trademarks from ordinary trademarks is that an ordinary mark aims to distinguish a particular trader from the rest; whilst a collective trademark guarantees that it is part of a group. The applicant of a collective trademark will always be an association. A collective mark is defined in Section 49(1) of the1994 Trademark Act as: “A collective mark is a mark distinguishing the goods or services of members of the association which [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 14, 2013 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Starbucks trademark “Duffin” sours the dough
    As Starbucks successfully register the trademark “duffin”; a doughnut- muffin hybrid, a London baker is left feeling sour faced as she claims to have been making and trading the product since 2011. Bea Vo, owner of Bea’s of Bloomsbury bakery, now worries for the product she argues to have invented first, as coffee chain giant are granted the monopoly for the name. Bea Vo said: ‘I didn’t really give it too much thought until I found out their version of the duffin [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 08, 2013 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Copyright in Paintings, Digital Images, and Computer Programs.
    ‘Artistic works’, including paintings, drawings, maps, photographs, sculptures and collages, are all covered by copyright. This type of work is defined within the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. For works created after 1989, the general rule is that copyright lasts for 70 years after the artist’s death, or, if anonymous, 70 years from creation or from first being made available to the public. Firstly we will look at paintings. Artistic works are divided into three [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 07, 2013 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Whether you’re a musical band, a record company, a performing artist or a performing rights society, it is almost certain that there will be a name which you use in order to go about conducting your business.
    A brand name should be innovative and personal to your individual business, making it a trade mark and therefore eligible for protection. By doing this, the protection can generate significant income beyond the core business. When protected, this trade mark can be used as a powerful weapon helping the brand to branch out into areas such as merchandise. A clear example of this is shown through the rise of One Direction. Although they are not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, their brand [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on October 03, 2013 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Harvard University in the United States of America was recently ranked as the worlds number two university, with graduates including a number of US presidents, one being the current president Barak Obama.
    So why is it making the UK national news? Founded in 2010, Harvard School, based in Milton Keynes, has found itself in a case involving trademark infringement. Harvard University claim that Harvard School has infringed the US university’s UK and community trademarks for the word ‘Harvard’. They are seeking damages and an injunction against the school that was said to be named after the Founders grandfather. Last week, at the high court the US university claimed that there was [...]
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