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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on May 12, 2015 / Posted in Trade Marks
    The USPTO is allowed to reject the registration of a trademark that is immoral, scandalous, or disparaging, according to Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act.
    The USPTO is allowed to reject the registration of a trademark that is immoral, scandalous, or disparaging, according to Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act. In a landmark move, the Federal Circuit has decided to examine the constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act in the case of In re Shiao Tam, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 6840 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 27, 2015). It is an interesting move, considering that the week before the Federal Circuit affirmed the USPTO’s rejection of Mr. Tam’s [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on May 08, 2015 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Kenzo Tsujimoto applied for an EU trademark for KENZO – the trademark can be viewed here
    Kenzo Trademark Kenzo Tsujimoto applied for an EU trademark for KENZO – the trademark can be viewed here: https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/4/EU006334544 in class 33 for alcoholic drinks. The trademark application was opposed by the French Fashion House Kenzo. The trademark was opposed on the following basis: Article 8(5) of the Community Trade Marks Regulation, which prohibits the registration of a sign that is identical (or similar) to an earlier trade mark when the earlier trade [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on May 07, 2015 / Posted in News
    For the fourth year on the run we are competing against some of the largest law firm in the world.
    Another year in the top 100 list of UK & CTM filers The Trademarkroom has done it again. For the fourth year on the run we are competing against some of the largest law firm in the world. How do we do it? Every company needs to work hard and put the customer at its heart. But how do we manage to compete with companies far bigger than ours? The Trademarkroom was originally part of Lawdit solicitors but set out on their own about 10 years ago. What makes us unique is that we are a family [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on May 06, 2015 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Facebook’s associate general counsel has warned brand owners to keep an eye on emerging markets as internet growth is outpacing legal developments in some jurisdictions.
    Facebook’s associate general counsel has warned brand owners to keep an eye on emerging markets as internet growth is outpacing legal developments in some jurisdictions. Christian Dowell was speaking during a session at the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) annual conference in San Diego that centred on how trademark rights have altered with the emergence of social media and the internet. Asked about what he thought brand owners could expect in the near future, Dowell [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on May 06, 2015 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Microsoft cannot now register a trademark for Skype’s name and bubble-design logo but the US company intends to appeal against the decision.
    Skype trademark found to be too similar to Sky’s EU court has ruled. Microsoft cannot now register a trademark for Skype’s name and bubble-design logo but the US company intends to appeal against the decision. Judges at the General Court of the European Union said: “Conceptually, the figurative element conveys no concept, except perhaps that of a cloud.” “[That] would further increase the likelihood of the element ‘Sky’ being recognised within the [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on May 01, 2015 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A trademark must be renewed every ten years if it is to be kept in force. Nissan applied within the deadline for a partial renew- dropping class 09.
    A trademark must be renewed every ten years if it is to be kept in force. Nissan applied within the deadline for a partial renew- dropping class 09. They then changed their minds and tried to re-apply for class 09 within the 6 months grace period. This is usually possible- although a small extra fee is payable to OHIM. However OHIM argued that as Nissan had only partially renewed their mark- they were not in a position to re-instate class 09 within this grace period. Both OHIM’s [...]
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