Category Archives: trademarks

How to trademark: 6 points you need to know

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Your name is what you use to promote and advertise your business and it’s what your customers use to recommend your product or service. You build up goodwill in the name through using it. Therefore, it makes sense to own the rights in it by registering the name as a trademark as a priority.

Microsoft forced to rebrand following BskyB’s trademark triumph

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While BskyB ceased its own cloud storage service at the end of 2011, it said Microsoft’s product was misleading for users of its continuing digital services, such as Sky Broadband and Sky Go. Microsoft argued it was difficult to…

Trademark protection of pantone 2685c not wrapped up by Cadbury

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In 1914, as a tribute to Queen Victoria, whose favourite colour was purple, Cadbury started to use the shade of purple known as pantone 2685c on its packaging, and it has done so ever since. In October 2004 Cadbury applied for trademark protection of this shade of purple for all chocolate goods. In 2008…

Product Creation and Brand Protection: The Pitfalls of Duffins

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Any business that creates innovative products is interested in how these can be protected from being copied by competitors. Businesses in the food and drink industry often find it frustrating that recipes are not protected by copyright. Recipes can be copied, changed and circulated without legal redress for the originator…

UGG Trademark Disputes

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Trademarks are territorial, which means you register them country by country wherever you do business. Although this is can be expensive, and it may be tempting when starting out, to think it’s easy enough, in theory, to trade in other countries under a different brand, UGG is an example of what can happen when a trademark is not […]

What is Copyright?

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Copyright is a wide-ranging subject, and relevant to many creative and non-creative industries.  It is arguably the most universal of IP rights, covering written materials, music, art, logos, and computer programs, to name a few.  It protects most visual brand elements, such as logos, packaging and websites, though it may also be possible to register […]

Protecting the Shire: Fry and McKellen step in to save the Hobbit

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Some may see it as unwarranted bullying, while others say it is to be expected.  Either way, the publicity arising from recent allegations of IP infringement have certainly thrown The Hobbit pub in Southampton firmly into the limelight.  The Saul Zaentz Company, owners of rights to the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings brands, among […]

When to know you need to rebrand

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The importance of the name you give your business was clearly brought home in an episode of Hotel Inspector about the Hotel Weyanoke in Eastbourne. A name that is so difficult to spell, or to pronounce is surely a liability. Quite rightly, the owners were persuaded by the Hotel Inspector to choose some alternative names. Surprisingly, they […]

Painkillers and Product Recall

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The makers of Nurofen plus recently had to recall all remaining stock of the product, after it was discovered that some packs, in particular those in branches of Boots in Victoria, Beckenham and Bromley, contained the antipsychotic drug Seroquel. At first, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) put out a safety alert to […]

Bands and Brands: (Some of) The original cast of Bucks Fizz strike out

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Recently, Robert Gubby (aka Bobby G) succeeded both in an opposition brought against his former band members in connection with their application to register the trade mark mark THE ORIGINAL BUCKS FIZZ, and in defending an action for revocation of the mark BUCKS FIZZ, owned by his wife Heidi Manton.  The case report is available […]