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How to challenge a registered trade mark

Posted on 27th January 2020 in Intellectual Property

Trade mark registrations are not immune to challenge. Missing the opportunity to oppose an application for a trade mark before it is registered does not mean it is too late to take action because even after registration it can still be possible to cancel or have a registered trade mark declared invalid.

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Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Amazon Brand Registry – How We Can Help with Your Application

Posted on 31st October 2018 in Intellectual Property

Amazon Brand Registry was established to provide additional powers to prevent your competitors selling products using a similar name on Amazon. It provides enhanced search facilities to allow you to discover potential infringers and will proactively warn against suspected infringing listings.

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Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Using Images Online Without Permission

Posted on 04th July 2018 in Intellectual Property

Using images online without permission is not as prevalent as you might think, purely because the law offers image owners substantial protection against theft, unauthorised use, or copyright infringement. Copyright applies to photographs, drawings, digital designs and even video content. As long as you can prove the image belongs to you, nobody has the right to use it without your expressed permission.

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Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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What are Your Legal Rights if Somebody has Stolen your Idea or Product?

Posted on 28th February 2018 in Intellectual Property

The definition of intellectual property is: ‘any type of intangible property that is a result of creativity’. This covers designs, logos, and artistic or literary, works as well as inventions. If you suspect another person or business of infringing on your intellectual property, you could take legal action.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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How to oppose a trade mark application

Posted on 08th January 2018 in Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Office will usually send the owner of a registered trade mark a letter giving notice that an application has been received for the registration of a similar trade mark. This is usually the first they will have heard of the competitor.

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Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Will the GDPR Require New Consent From Existing Customers?

Posted on 13th October 2017 in Intellectual Property

We are often asked if businesses need to ask their existing contacts to opt-in to receive marketing communications again once the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018. This an important decision, the consequences for getting it wrong can include reputational damage and significant fines by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

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Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Can my registered company name prevent a competitor from using it?

Posted on 16th August 2017 in Intellectual Property

There are some common myths around the ability of a limited company to prevent competitors using its name. Often we are approached by frustrated businesses who have discovered someone else has been using their name but have no registered trade mark. They ask what protection their registered company name offers. Sadly the answer is almost nothing.

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Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Unregistered Design Rights – 3 Reasons Why They Should Not Be Overlooked

Posted on 31st July 2017 in Intellectual Property

Unregistered design rights (referred to as just ‘design rights’) are a valuable asset which tends to be forgotten. These are just 3 reasons why they should not be overlooked:

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Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Why your website terms and conditions matter

Posted on 08th June 2017 in Intellectual Property

Your website is your shop front but many don’t do enough to show customers they are just a trustworthy as bricks and mortar.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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#Trademark?

Posted on 06th August 2015 in Intellectual Property

The great benefit of social media as a marketing tool is its immediate and powerful market reach. The use of hashtags (words and phrases preceded by the ‘#’ symbol to identify and search for trending topics) has become a popular method of consumer engagement.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Why have a website privacy policy?

Posted on 09th June 2015 in Intellectual Property

Website privacy policies are often ignored or copied from a competitor.  This approach fails to recognise the value that a privacy policy can have to a business as well as the huge risk of failing to comply with data protection legislation.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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The problem of confusingly similar trade marks

Posted on 13th May 2015 in Intellectual Property

Once a trade mark is registered, others will be prevented from registering a confusingly similar mark for the same or similar services.  This poses a problem for a business with a similar name who also wish to register it. 

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor