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Dawn Ellmore on the challenges facing shape mark applicants

A London taxi firm has lost an invalidity appeal concerning black cab trade marks. The Court of Appeal of England and Wales backed the High Court of Justice in determining that the 3D shapes of specific models of taxi were… Continue Reading →

Record high for UK financial services trade marks

There has been a marked rise in trade mark activity within the UK financial services sector. This is down to the increasing popularity of Fintech (financial technology) products and services. According to research by RPC ( a professional services firm),… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore on the dispute that never ends: Samsung V Apple

In an increasingly uncertain world it seems one thing that can be relied on is Apple and Samsung arguing over who owns the design patent of round edged smartphones (among other things). After it all seemed to have been settled… Continue Reading →

What is a trade mark attorney? Dawn Ellmore Employment explains

A trade mark attorney is a lawyer trained specifically to advise and work on trade mark law. They act as agents for clients in the process of applying for and being granted a trade mark registration. Acting on behalf of… Continue Reading →

Universities to commercialise research and IP

While more research takes place across UK universities than other countries, turning this into funding is much slower. In a bid to change this prevailing attitude, and increase the amount of money raised through research and the sale of Intellectual… Continue Reading →

What does ‘tangible’ mean when it comes to copyright?

A fundamental understanding of copyright law is the understanding of works that are “fixed in any tangible meaning of expression.” It’s at the core of the legal rights behind any original work, and without a tangible medium then copyright doesn’t… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore rounds up the five spookiest pumpkin patents

It’s that time of year again. The weather’s turning, the clocks will soon change and then it’s the scariest night of the year – Halloween. Everywhere you look there are pumpkin-based products, from trick or treat supplies to pumpkin spiced… Continue Reading →

Are businesses making the most of their IP?

A report commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) says that businesses in the UK are not making the most of their innovations and ideas. The only way to do this is to identify and put a specific value… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment looks at the strangest celebrity trade marks

While businesses and brands look to trade mark logos, shapes and taglines, the world of celebrity opens up a world of weird and wonderful trade mark applications. We’ve been looking at some of the strangest trade mark applications over recent… Continue Reading →

3D trade marks: Dawn Ellmore Employment examines the fine line between success and failure

Probably the most famous example of the battle to trade mark a 3D shape lies with Nestle’s Kit Kat bar. While their strapline advises taking a break, their fight to secure 3D trade marks for the distinctive shape of their… Continue Reading →

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