Author Archives: Shireen Smith

Is Trade Mark Registration Necessary? – Part 2

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In our blog post last week  Is a Trademark necessary for your business? we mentioned how some people are confused about trademarks. We explored the relevance of trademarks for SMEs, the potential danger of a DIY approach and when a trademark may not be capable of registration. This week, among other things, we look at […]

Twitter denied its Trademark

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The expression to tweet, is now commonly associated with micro blogging messages posted on the popular social media site. Although some have been slower than others to recognise its entry into our vernacular, the standards editor for the New York Times famously banned the use of the word tweet save for special effect, and the […]

Apple sues Amazon over App Store

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Apple has accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement for using the term ‘App Store’ for their mobile software download service.  In their complaint filed on March 18, they ask the Federal court in California to prevent Amazon from using the term ‘App Store’ and to pay damages. This suit follows one we discussed on this blog […]

An Innocent Breach of Trademark

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Innocent Drinks, the UK market leader in smoothie products, has recently taken issue with a trademark application made by Dawn Reid and her Sussex based company Innocent Vitamins. The latter applied, in February 2011, to register the mark “innocent vitamins all goodness. no badness” for her food supplement products, a move which Innocent Drinks views […]

WikiLeaks founder Assange applies to trademark his own name

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Following Sarah Palin’s lead, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has applied to trademark his name. Many have been surprised by this move, not expecting the infamy arising from WikiLeaks, and the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him to result in a desire to trademark his name. He has applied for registration in connection […]

Apple will survive Steve Jobs’ departure

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Following from my earlier blog on how Apple may suffer without Steve Jobs, this post focuses on reasons why Apple may well continue flourishing even without Jobs. To recap, some say Apple is too reliant on Steve Jobs to be able to continue doing well without him, pointing to how the company suffered during Jobs’ […]

Fashion Industry. FIORUCCI. USE of own name

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Nowadays the global fashion industry is a crucial sector of the economy with British fashion contributing almost £21bn to the UK economy. Despite the fact that intellectual property is not generally enforced as it is within the film and music industries, trademarks have a significant role in the fashion industry. Trademarks designate the origin of […]

What happens to a brand when key people like Steve Jobs of Apple leave?

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The founder and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, has been diagnosed with cancer and has been given a limited time to live. Currently he is on a sick leave, but is still participating in meetings and involved with the strategic and product development decisions. When Jobs emailed his employees at Apple declaring his leave of […]

Sarah Palin: Trademarks for celebrities

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Recently Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate for the Republicans in 2008, has moved to try to trademark her and her daughter’s name. Palin’s motivation Palin stated that the aim in trade marking her name was for motivational speaking. She views herself as being a brand due to her speeches, books, […]

“The King’s Speech” trade mark dispute settles by the parties

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The film “The King’s Speech” has been in the news not just in connection with its 12 Oscar nominations but also due to a trade mark dispute. The bone of contention concerns the use of the phrase “No animals were harmed” in the credits. The American Humane Association (AHA), the nation’s voice for the protection […]