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International design applications – protecting your design using The Hague System

The Hague System The Hague System provides an opportunity for designers and companies to protect their designs in over 60 countries throughout the world, using an “international” design application. An application through The Hague System allows for protection in a large number of territories using only a single application, in single language, having a single […]

Shapes and colours – worth trying to protect as trade marks?

Louboutin faces further setback in its ongoing battle of its red sole trade mark.  The iconic red sole of Louboutin high heels, faces further controversy following the most recent development from the European Court of Justice (ECJ). It also casts further doubt on the chances of achieving trade mark protection for shapes of products or […]

The importance of accuracy with RCDs

A recent case Scomadi Ltd & Anr v RA Engineering Co. Ltd at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) referencing two Registered Community Designs (RCD) showed the importance of accurate agreements between parties involved in manufacture and sales. The issues before the judge were breach of contract and infringement relating to three scooter models manufactured […]

UK and EU Registered Designs – Factsheet

A registered design is a monopoly right which can protect the overall appearance of the whole or a part of a product. A registered design is additional to any unregistered design right or copyright protection that may exist automatically in a design. The 3D appearance of a product such as shape and configuration, as well […]

Hard Brexit Q&A from EUIPO

The European Union Intellectual Property Office, who are responsible for all EU trade marks and registered designs, have issued a “Question and Answer” document setting out the implications of a hard Brexit on EU trade marks and registered designs.  Whilst all parties are working towards a transitional period to ease these changes, and/or a long […]

Accelerated Examination at the EPO

One of the most frequent enquiries concerning the European Patent Office (EPO) is the speed at which patent applications are examined.  It is not unusual for patent applications to remain pending at the EPO for several years, especially if the subject of the invention lies in a popular field, such as telecommunications or chemical compositions. […]

Brexit update on Trade Marks

We thought we would focus on the practical implications of Brexit on trade mark protection in the UK with a simple Q&A. Will I need to file separate EU and UK applications after Brexit (possibly 2019)? Almost certainly yes, unless the UK and the EU agree a compromise. What about my existing EU registrations? There […]

Trade Mark Registrations – Factsheet

A trade mark registration protects your brand from unauthorised use and guarantees your freedom to continue using your trade mark. Most countries have a recognised trade mark registration system and we are experienced in obtaining registrations worldwide. What is a trade mark? A trade mark is a sign which, when used in the course of […]

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