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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.

31 October 2017

USPTO seeks greater cooperation with the Department of Justice in fight against fraudulent solicitation scammers

USPTO Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has expanded on the office’s proactive efforts to clamp down on fraudulent and misleading trademark solicitation campaigns.

19 October 2017

Samsung revealed as brand UK consumers are most loyal to; expert warns of Brexit impact on customer loyalty

A first-of-its-kind research project has revealed the brands that UK consumers are most committed and loyal to, with technology giants Samsung and Apple topping the inaugural ranking.

12 October 2017

With the prospect of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the UK government should have unilateral trademark provisions on standby

We look at why it is crucial for the United Kingdom to formulate an approach to EU trademarks in the event of a 'hard' Brexit.

06 October 2017

Jamie Oliver dispute highlights certification risks; experts say new EU right creates opportunities for canny brands

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver hit the headlines when his online recipes were accused of infringing a US certification mark. The lawsuit coincides with the recent introduction of EU certification rights.

03 October 2017

Familiarity equals value: study suggests overwhelming majority of consumers dislike brand name changes

New research from marketplace platform Onbuy.com has revealed that a high proportion of consumers think negatively about rebrands that involve a name change.

28 June 2017

Glaxo’s colour trademark still found invalid

In Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd v Sandoz Ltd the Court of Appeal confirmed the invalidity of an EU trademark registration for two shades of the colour purple, on the grounds that it did not meet the requirements for graphic representation of a trademark.

12 June 2017

Nestlé loses latest appeal in Kit Kat 3D trademark battle

Nestlé has been dealt another blow in its ongoing battle to register the shape of its Kit Kat chocolate bar as a UK trademark. The Court of Appeal has recently dismissed Nestlé’s appeal which sought to overturn an earlier High Court finding that Nestlé’s three-dimensional Kit Kat shape trademark had not acquired distinctive character.