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20 July 2018

3D shape mark rejected for technical function

The hearing officer has rejected an application to register a 3D mark in the UK based on the shape's technical function, highlighting the clear public interest of preventing the unjustifiable extension of patent rights.

05 July 2018

Federer logo clash with Nike highlights contractual pitfalls for sports stars

This week the Wimbledon tennis tournament got underway, with media reports noting how reigning champion Roger Federer “stunned onlookers by turning out on Centre Court in Uniqlo gear”. The focus then turned to the absence of his often-used RF logo, which is caught up in an ownership wrangle.

26 June 2018

Brexit concerns raised, parody Trump Hotel sparks IP debate, and Jaden Smith in trademark suit: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we take a look at how brands are embracing robot influencers, insights on how to combat malicious imposters, and much more.

08 June 2018

“I wish the US president had opposed my trademark” – applicant of registered Trump mark on treating IP as art

​​​​​​​A popular author has successfully registered a trademark for the term GRABBA THE TRUMP. Talking to World Trademark Review, the applicant states that he enjoys provoking major brands with his trademark applications.

25 May 2018

No likelihood of confusion between FIDELITY and FIDELIS despite similarity between marks and services

A recent decision of the Patents Court of England and Wales demonstrates the increasing difficulties in enforcing trademarks registered for a broad class of goods or services.

17 May 2018

Manchester United tops Premier League of trademarks; Messi overtakes Neymar in player rankings

Exclusive research by World Trademark Review reveals the filing activity of the world’s most valuable football clubs and players, and finds that Manchester United boasts the most trademarks of any team in the world.

17 May 2018

Appointed person calls last orders on BREXIT mark for beer

The appointed person has dismissed an appeal against the refusal of a UK application to register BREXIT for beer and related goods. The decision highlights the challenges in obtaining trademark protection for a well-known term.

06 May 2018

UK trademark scene post-Brexit: a world-class IP office dealing with uncertainty in a volatile brand environment

We provide a breakdown of the UK trademark market – examining how Brexit has affected filing strategies, inspecting brand value trends, and analysing the stellar performance of the UK IP Office.

04 May 2018

Refusal of BREXIT beer trademark upheld; UK reasoning conflicts with EU decision

In a much-delayed decision, the appointed person has dismissed an appeal against the refusal of a class 32 UK application for BREXIT. Notably, the decision contrasts with a recent EUIPO board of appeals decision, which gave the green light for a BREXIT mark.

30 April 2018

Draft agreement on UK's withdrawal from the EU - no 'Brexit Day cliff face' for marks and designs

A draft agreement for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union has been published. This update summarises the provisions relating to intellectual property.

23 April 2018

Birkenstock unsuccessful on appeal: 'patterned sole' mark held invalid

The appointed person has upheld a decision of the hearing officer finding that Birkenstock's ‘patterned sole’ UK trademark was invalid for lack of distinctiveness.

13 April 2018

Gleissner-related application for ALEXANDER filed in bad faith

An application for UK trademark ALEXANDER has been refused on grounds of bad faith;  the decision shows that the wider conduct of the applicant could be relevant to the assessment of whether an application was filed in bad faith.

11 April 2018

Advertising Standards Authority ruling could have far-reaching implications for UK trademark law firm marketing

​​​​​​​The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that Trade Mark Direct cannot claim to be the country’s ‘leading’ or ‘number one’ trademark firm. The decision could lead to a major shift in how firms market themselves in the UK, claims the company's founder.

22 March 2018

Attorney urges businesses to “stand firm and plead bad faith” in Gleissner oppositions

An attorney who recently prevailed in an opposition against Michael Gleissner-linked trademark application explains why he worked the case “for the good of the system rather than profits”.

21 March 2018

Protecting the TARDIS: exclusive insight into BBC Worldwide’s brand protection strategies

​​​​​​​For the second in our series of exclusive interviews, Diane Hamer of BBC Worldwide expands on the company’s efforts to guard against genericide and the challenges managing a brand as beloved as Doctor Who.