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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…

ELIO FIORUCCI – Owning own name?

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In our earlier blog piece Fashion Industry. Fiorucci. Use of own name we wrote about Mr Fiorucci, a fashion designer who had achieved certain renown in Italy during the 1970s.  This is an update on the progress of that case, which has made its way from OHIM, through the Board of Appeal, to the General […]

Trademark Infringement and Apple – a familiar story?

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It’s been widely reported that Apple is being sued by iCloud Communications, an Arizona based company, following its announcement about the launch Apple iCloud Services. iCloud Communications’ lawsuit states that Apple is infringing its trademarked name iCloud. Apple has been involved in numerous lawsuits to do with copyright and trademark infringement within the last few […]

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 […]

Is a Trademark necessary for your business?

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Effectively protecting your intellectual property rights (“IPRs”) is one of the most vital decisions a start-up business can make.  Unfortunately however, taking the appropriate steps to legally protect the brand and goodwill of a business is all too often the last thing on the mind of eager entrepreneurs.  Even experienced business persons are prone to […]

Country Names and Trade Marks

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Is it possible to register a country name as a trade mark? For example, would you be able to register a country name  like JAMAICA as a trade mark? Does it make any difference which goods or services you provide? What if you wanted to register JAMAICA for jerk chicken spicy sauce or rum beverages? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]