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Trade Marks

Sky wins preliminary injunction in trade mark dispute

  One of the most precious qualities of any brand is its distinctiveness. For a company to maintain any degree of advantage over its competitors through the uniqueness of its brand identity, it must vigorously defend that identity against any… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Dawn Ellmore Employment looks at the strangest celebrity trade marks

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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

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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 →

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