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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on September 03, 2015 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Court rules for Gran Turismo in Trademark Suit.
    Court rules for Gran Turismo in Trademark Suit.   Gran Turismo is a game series in which a player is put in the shoes of a professional race driver taking the wheel in an action packed, realistic simulation of driving performance cars to win races. The game was a huge hit with over 10 million copies sold. However despite the huge popularity, profit and huge success of the developers (Sony), they were recently accused of trademark infringement by an Italian flooring company called Virag. [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on September 03, 2015 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Trademarks are vital to your business and are signs that can distinguish your goods and services from those of your competitors.
    Can I register my trade mark? Trademarks are vital to your business and are signs that can distinguish your goods and services from those of your competitors. A trade mark can be made up of words, logos or a combination of both. Made up words,logos and pictures are normally considered to be the most distinctive unless they have become common place in respect of the goods or services you are applying for- think 'hoover' and 'asprin'! Some familiar and distinctive trade marks [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on September 02, 2015 / Posted in Trade Marks
    What's in a name. How a famous trademark got its name
    What’s in a name? If Gordon Bowker, co-founder of coffee chain Starbucks had has his way, the famous coffee brand may have been called Peqoud, the doomed whaleship in the novel Moby-Dick written in 1851 by American author Herman Melville. It seems however that his business partners settled on the name of the ship’s first mate instead, highlighting the need to think carefully before deciding on a trade markname for your company. Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on September 02, 2015 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Why do a Trademark search? A trademark search is a vital part of the trademark process
    Why do a Trademark search? A trademark search is a vital part of the process. It is through the searching process that we can reveal whether your proposed mark is capable of trademark registration.  The raison d'etre of the search is to ascertain whether or not there exists an identical or similar mark registered in the same or similar classes  that you seek protection in. If you do not carry out a search then you are applying for a trademark 'blind' and significantly increase the [...]
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