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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.

20 March 2018

Brexit agreement paves way for new unregistered design right, addresses treatment of trademarks

​​​​​​​The European Commission has published a draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. We speak with an expert about the trademark implications of this latest development.

14 March 2018

Battle of the burgers: BURGERISTA held to be valid and infringed

Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has held that the mark BURGERISTA for restaurant services was valid and infringed by the sign BURGISTA for the same services.

13 March 2018

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: United Kingdom

To minimise the risk of counterfeit medicines reaching consumers, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency licenses all steps of the medicine distribution system and monitors the supply and manufacture of medical devices.

12 March 2018

Bacardi bourbon battle hits the mainstream press; UK company pledges to fight on

Over the past few days, a UK business owner’s dispute with Bacardi over its Angel’s Envy bourbon brand has garnered media attention in trade and national press titles. The dispute highlights a quandary for large companies when the ‘David v Goliath’ narrative is cited – whether to engage in public arguments or to keep quiet.