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Own name trade mark defence revoked for corporate entities
Jul 18, 2017
Until recently there was an "own name" defence to both UK and EU trade mark infringement. This defence continues to apply in the UK for both corporate identities and individuals un...
Burberry sues another counterfeit network
Jul 17, 2017
British brand Burberry has initiated proceedings in the US to sue a counterfeiting network. The fashion house claims that the network is intentionally manufacturing, importing and ...
Canadian Igloo Mark Handed To Indigenous People
Jul 14, 2017
When Inuit art was introduced into the Canadian art scene in the early 1950s, the Canadian federal government created the igloo tag, a trade mark to protect Inuit artists' work fro...
Mother Teresa Sari Is Trade Marked
Jul 11, 2017
The religious order founded by Mother Teresa in Kolkata, the Missionaries of Charity, which continues her work has trade marked in India the white, blue rimmed sari that was synony...
Court provides guidance on bad faith trade marks
Jul 10, 2017
A UK trade mark application will be rejected if it is shown to have been made in bad faith; an EU trade mark can be declared invalid on bad faith grounds. In the UK, bad faith can...
A cereal trade mark saga
Jul 5, 2017
Around 300 boxes of Weetabix have been impounded by customs officers in New Zealand over a trade mark dispute between the importer of the British cereal and Sanitarium, the Austral...
Donald Trump & 'Covfefe' Tweet: who owns the trade mark?
Jul 4, 2017
Donald Trump sparked a surge of trade mark applications for the word mark COVFEFE, after he wrote on Twitter in the early hours of the morning at the end of May. The President twe...
Names of Beyoncé Twins Revealed?
Jul 3, 2017
Amidst the speculation that Beyoncé gave birth to her twins in June the internet has been buzzing with rumours and theories behind what the twins could potentially be called. This ...
Gene Simmons' trade mark application withdrawn
Jun 27, 2017
It emerged last week that an application to register a hand-gesture as a US trade mark has been withdrawn. Most trade marks are either words or logos though a trade mark can take v...
Gene Simmons Trade Mark Gets Kiss Of Death
Jun 22, 2017
We have previously reported here on the news that KISS frontman, Gene Simmons, had applied to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office to obtain a trade mark over his 'devil horn' hand ...
US Supreme Court rules on disparaging trade marks clause
Jun 21, 2017
In the UK, marks that are contrary to public policy or morality will be refused registration as trade marks. In the US, historically, marks that comprise matter which may be dispar...
Trump Nyets Russian Trade Mark Extensions
Jun 20, 2017
President Trump has faced repeated controversy over alleged ties to Russia and he has consistently maintained that he has no business links with Russia. It has emerged this week ho...
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