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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 13, 2016 / Posted in Trade Marks
    A quick guide on trade mark invalidation, which is a process in which a trade mark can be removed from the register as if it did not exist.
      A quick guide on trade mark invalidation, which is a process in which a trade mark can be removed from the register as if it did not exist. When a trade mark has been registered, it not does not have guaranteed registration for the ten years that it would be protected for. There are a number of actions that can be taken against a mark if it is found it should not have been registered in the first place. The key action is invalidation. A mark can be invalidated if it is proven that the [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 08, 2016 / Posted in Trade Marks
    When dealing with trade marks or any type of intellectual property, you will inevitably come into contact with the UK Intellectual Property Office.
      When dealing with trade marks or any type of intellectual property, you will inevitably come into contact with the UK Intellectual Property Office. They are your one stop shop for any IP matters whether it is a dispute or just the humble beginnings of protection. In regards to trade marks, the UK IPO are involved throughout the whole process. You will need to submit your application to them if you are looking to register your trade mark and they are the ones to decide if you can [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 08, 2016 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Following the new developments in relation to EU trade mark protection, this is a recap on how you can secure protection of your trade mark in the European Union.
      Following the new developments in relation to EU trade mark protection, this is a recap on how you can secure protection of your trade mark in the European Union. If you are looking to expand your business beyond the UK, it is essential that your trade mark protection is also extended. The best way to ensure that your trade mark will not be infringed through the EU is to submit an application for a European Union Trade Mark. This will give you protection across the 28 member states of [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 04, 2016 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Trademark information
    Trademarks and The Trademarkroom: Under Section 1 of The Trade Marks Act (1994) – a trademark has been defined ‘any sign capable of being represented graphically which is capable of distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings’. A trademark is a way of one party distinguishing themselves from that of another party. This includes reference to a collective mark or a certification mark unless the context states otherwise. Using a trademark [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 01, 2016 / Posted in Trade Marks
    When developing your mark, it is essential you have the best chance of being accepted registration. Therefore, there are a number of elements that you should avoid.
      When developing your mark, it is essential you have the best chance of being accepted registration. Therefore, there are a number of elements that you should avoid. If you were to include these in your trade mark, your application to the UK Intellectual Property Office will be refused and you will lose all fees paid. The key to a successful trade mark is distinctiveness therefore if your mark is descriptive of the goods it represents or the industry you trade in; it is likely that [...]
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  • Posted by Jane Coyle on April 01, 2016 / Posted in Trade Marks
    While it is clear how to register your trade mark, other steps to ensure that all aspects of your business are protected need to be taken.
      While it is clear how to register your trade mark, other steps to ensure that all aspects of your business are protected need to be taken. A key element of this is your domain name. A domain name is linked to your website and is what any potential customer will identify you by online. It is important that your brand is consistent. You need to establish what protection you have over your domain name and any action you can take if you find someone is using your registered trade mark as [...]
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