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QUIZ v QUIN: considering conceptual, visual and aural similarities in trade marks

A strong conceptual meaning can trump significant visual and aural similarities and result in no likelihood of confusion, even when dealing with identical goods

23 July 2021

Nike successful against Puma in 'FOOTWARE' trade mark opposition dispute in the High Court

The High Court has confirmed that FOOTWARE is not descriptive, non-distinctive or generic for goods and services in the technology and communications classes
16 July 2021

Are repeat filings bad faith? Hasbro’s MONOPOLY mark partially invalidated

General Court confirms that Hasbro acted in bad faith in adopting a filing strategy designed to circumvent the need to prove genuine use of a mark after 5 years
03 June 2021

A guide to intellectual property rights in the UK

If you are launching a business in the UK, you may want to consider some or all of these types of intellectual property rights
24 May 2021

Social media influencers ‘on notice’ by ASA over widespread failure to disclose ads

ASA spot check shows 'unacceptable' levels of non-compliance with ad rules by social media influencers. Warning by ASA that enforcement action could follow

06 April 2021

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Burges Salmon sees further growth with partner appointments

The firm is pleased to announce the appointment of five new partners, across key growth areas including Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution and Projects
30 March 2021

High Court contract dispute confirms domain names qualify as personal intangible property

The recognition of domain names as intangible property saw the claimant successfully establish its equitable interest in the domain name on termination of the agreement
22 March 2021

High Court upholds decision to prevent trade mark registration of GEEKSTORE

The appeal was dismissed as there were no identifiable errors in the UKIPO’s assessment of the law. Appellate courts will not interfere with findings of fact  

09 March 2021

Tefal fails to secure trade mark protection for its red dot despite survey evidence

Despite heavy advertising and promotion of the red dot, the hearing officer decided that Tefal had failed to divorce the dot from its technical function as an indicator of heat

15 February 2021

When is a slogan a trade mark?

The General Court of the EU examines the minimum degree of distinctive character required for a mark consisting of a slogan to be accepted as an EU trade mark

12 February 2021

High court considers the 'special nature' of collective marks in opposition proceedings

The proprietor of the collective trade mark HALLOUMI has succeeded in its appeal, with the Court’s assessment of the average consumer playing a decisive role
25 January 2021

UK Intellectual Property Office limits address for service rules

From 1 January 2021 an address for service at the UKIPO must be in the UK, Gibraltar or Channel Islands, not the EEA, subject to certain transitional exceptions
30 December 2020
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