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Trademark protection of pantone 2685c not wrapped up by Cadbury

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Securing trademark protection for colours is notoriously difficult, as demonstrated by the recent Court of Appeal ruling in the litigation between Cadbury and Nestlé, concerning the trademark registration of pantone 2685c. Nestlé v. Cadbury In 1914, as a tribute to Queen Victoria, whose favourite colour was purple, Cadbury started to use the shade of purple known as […]

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 […]

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? […]

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’ […]

Tottenham Hotspur: Loss of Trade Mark Rights Through Relocation

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Tottenham Hotspur’s bid to move from Tottenham to the new Olympic Park has been raising eyebrows recently.  David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and former Minister for Intellectual Property, has threatened to take legal action if the club take their name with them when they move. It is argued it would be misleading and deceptive if […]