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Trade Marks

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 →

Changes in EU trade mark law arriving October 2017

The EU trade mark laws have changed significantly over the last few years, and are set to change again in October. These changes will complement those made in March 2016, and will involve various additions and removals regarding trade mark… Continue Reading →

The history of the UK trade mark

Today the term ‘trade mark’ is commonly used and widely understood. While consumers may not know the legal background of a trade mark, it’s generally understood that the product, symbol or name belongs to a company or business. Modern trade… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment: How brands can trade mark colours

It may seem strange, but it’s completely legal for companies to trade mark a colour. They must meet certain conditions, of course, and are usually confined to specific industries and areas of expertise. As an example, you definitely couldn’t use… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore: Weekly Patent and Trade Mark Law Roundup

Trademarking and the First Amendment In the U.S this week a federal court appeal seemed to indicate that they were considering the registration “FUCT” by fashion designer Erik Brunetti, as banning trademarks which make use of “profanity and or sexual… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore: Weekly Patent and Trade Mark Law Roundup

Trade Mark reforms take Effect in China New Balance have been awarded more than 10 million yuan (£1.2m) following a number of ongoing trade mark disputes in China. Only last year a Chinese Court ruled against the brand in favour… Continue Reading →

Five of the Most High Profile Trade Mark Cases

High profile trade mark disputes are always fascinating, with plenty involving huge brands over the years. Dawn Ellmore have chosen five of the most fascinating high profile trade mark battles. Toblerone V Poundland After the Brexit vote led to a… Continue Reading →

Industry insight: weekly news round up from the world of patent and trade mark law

Dawn Ellmore has noted some interesting cases this week…  Tiffany & Co v Costco Wholesale Corp – trade mark infringement Tiffany & Co has been granted the right to recover $11.1 million in lost profit (plus interest) and $8.25 million… Continue Reading →

Trade Mark Battle over the Ownership of Bondi Beach Name

American upscale fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is currently the registered owner of the Bondi Beach trade mark (the name of Australia’s most famous beach) in the US even though it no longer has any clothing stores in Australia (having… Continue Reading →

The Unauthorized Use of Trade Marks in Website Meta Data Risks Infringement

A recent intellectual property law suit in Australia (Accor Australia & New Zealand Hospitality Pty Ltd v Liv Pty Ltd) has changed the existing case law on the unauthorized use of trade marks in meta tags (e.g. meta description, keywords and… Continue Reading →

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