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01 March 2018

Plain crazy? Extending plain-packaging restrictions to alcohol and sugar

Following in the footsteps of tobacco regulation, momentum is building in support of plain packaging for alcoholic and high-fat, salt and sugar products. These industries should act early to head off the threat of increasing legislation.

28 February 2018

Local use and invalidations: when use can defeat a registration

The Court of Appeal has considered when unregistered use can defeat an existing trademark registration, finding that localised unregistered use may be sufficient to invalidate a registered mark.

28 February 2018

Navigating the evolving landscape of social media

Although it is a hard truth that we must learn from our mistakes, it is also equally true that we can learn from the mistakes of others. Thus, it is essential for brands to learn from the failures and successes of the approaches adopted by their competitors in tackling online abuse in the social media environment.

28 February 2018

Mobile mayhem: brand protection in a changing environment

When shopping on their handheld devices, millennials are turning to mobile platforms that combine social interaction, entertainment and e-commerce. It is important to understand some of the challenges that this presents for a brand seeking to protect itself in this new age, and how the challenges might be met.

28 February 2018

Ongoing battle, focused defence – the changing brand protection landscape

The key thing to remember when it comes to brand protection is that it is not a static goal or aspiration. Rather, it is an ongoing endeavour that shifts and transforms according to changes in the business and the changing behaviour of scammers, infringers and cyber criminals.

23 February 2018

Brexit update, plain packaging begins in Ireland, and first trademark ruling in Barbados: news round-up

In this round-up edition, we look at the latest Brexit developments from a trademark perspective, Hershey’s hawkish eye over the marijuana industry, and the result from the first ever trademark dispute in Barbados.

15 February 2018

Logan Paul fiasco shows risk for brands on YouTube; research reveals more YouTubers seeking trademark protection

Recent incidents have demonstrated why brands must be careful when advertising on YouTube. New research also reveals that YouTube's content creators are increasingly obtaining registered trademark protection.

25 January 2018

"Infamous troll" Michael Gleissner involved in 5% of all live contested trademark cases in United Kingdom

UKIPO reveals that entities related to Michael Gleissner account for 5% of all live contested trademark cases in the United Kingdom – demonstrating the unprecedented volume of the millionaire’s filing activity.

11 December 2017

Protecting and enforcing design rights: United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has a relatively complex system for the protection of designs. For example, five possible forms of protection are available for aspects of a design.

01 December 2017

Abanka defends mark against insufficient use in the United Kingdom

Abanka recently appealed a ruling to revoke its trademarks for insufficient use in the United Kingdom.

29 November 2017

Claranet loses appeal in EU General Court

The EU General Court has upheld an EUIPO Board of Appeal decision which found a likelihood of confusion between the marks CLARANET and CLARO.

24 November 2017

With Black Friday in full swing, exclusive research reveals brand protection gaps in new gTLDs

While consumers enjoy the low prices offered on Black Friday, the sales period is a significant challenge for trademark practitioners – especially for protecting shoppers from online scams. 

17 November 2017

Court of Appeal upholds decision in London Taxi case

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s ruling in the London Taxi case, finding that the taxi cab shape mark lacks inherent distinctiveness. 

13 November 2017

Is parody funny? No, not if it’s done in bad faith

A hearing officer has deemed that filing of applications to support a potential parodying form of use against a competitor falls short of the standards of acceptable commercial behaviour.

01 November 2017

Appeals court strikes blow for London Taxi Company; decision highlights challenge facing shape mark applicants

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has found that the 3D shapes of particular models of taxi were invalid and therefore not infringed by the manufacturer of the Beardmore models of London taxi.