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: 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 →

Could Trade Marks be Better than Patents as Future Innovation Predictors?

A new study (entitled “Innovation Worth Buying: The Fair-Value of Innovation Benchmarks and Proxies”) by two assistant Professors of Accountancy at the George Washington University, James Potepa and Kyle T. Welch has benchmarked the most common measures of outputs and outcomes of… Continue Reading →

New Zealand Cereal Trade Mark Debate – Weet-Bix vs Weetabix

A dispute recently arose over the popular cereal brands Weet-bix (New Zealand cereal brand) and Weetabix (English equivalent cereal brand) after a shipment of 360 boxes of Weetabix was held in New Zealand customs at The Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing… Continue Reading →

Ivanka Trump to Testify In Trade Mark Infringement Lawsuit by Shoemaker Aquazzura Italia

In 2016 Italian shoemaker Aquazzura Italia SRL took steps to sue Ivanka Trump’s company, the IT Collection LLC (operating since 2010), over its “Hettie” shoe design alleging that it was too similar to its own bestselling “Wild Thing” shoe design… Continue Reading →

The UK Intellectual Property Office Publishes Corporate Plan 2017-2020

It is now generally accepted that intellectual property (IP) is valuable and important to the UK’s economic well-being with IP essential for innovation and growth.  The UK government aims to make the UK the best place to innovate, patent new… Continue Reading →

Iceland Launches Legal Challenge on the Supermarket Iceland’s Name

The Icelandic government has reportedly taken legal action at the European Union Intellectual Property Office against frozen food supermarket chain Iceland in a trade mark dispute over the use of the name ‘Iceland’. The supermarket Iceland has been trading for… Continue Reading →

Trade Mark Litigation on the Rise in China

Annual IP litigation trends in China indicate brand owners are increasingly opting to enforce their trade mark rights through China’s court system.  Between 2014 and 2015 there was a 13.4% increase in civil trade mark infringement lawsuits. Brand owners that… Continue Reading →

Impact of Brexit on EU Trade Marks

Brexit could cause a majority change in the EU Trade Mark system.  Brand owners who chose to rely solely on the protection provided by EU Trade Marks and have not registered trade marks under the UK’s national regime could be… Continue Reading →

How Much Protection Do US Common Law Trade Mark Rights Provide?

In the United States (US) common law rights are automatically granted to trade marks used without registration providing you can prove you were the first to use the mark commercially in your geologic area.  Many new businesses are surprised to… Continue Reading →

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