You say TOSCANO, I say TOSCORO, let’s call the whole thing a protected geographical indication

Catchy title I hear you say, well yes, protected geographical indications are catchy, so catchy that they can be a complete block to your trade mark application, even if the mark you’re trying to register isn’t identical. This is what happened to the applicants for the EU trade mark TOSCORO. They applied for this mark…

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Kylie who? We all love the idea of a celebrity trade mark dispute of titanic proportions – a veritable clash of the Kylies

We all love the idea of a celebrity trade mark dispute of titanic proportions – a veritable clash of the Kylies. The reality of what has gone down in the last few weeks (despite recent reports in mainstream media) is very different. Better the Devil You Know – The devil is in the detail The…

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The importance of being earnest… in protecting your trade marks with the UKIPO

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) recently released its “Fast Facts 2017” booklet summarising the economic impact intellectual property rights have had, and the increased prevalence of UK businesses relying on such rights, over the last few years. The full booklet is here if you need some bedtime reading: Fast Facts 2017, but we’ve…

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Briffa Celebrates – Music Industries Association (MIA) – The trade body for the UK musical instrument industry

#BriffaCelebrates – Music Industries Association (MIA) – “CREATING AND ENCOURAGING MUSIC MAKING”     Briffa have been working with the Music Industries Association for 10 years and we think they are fab! MIA is the only UK trade body that represents the interests of the musical instruments industry, including suppliers, retailers, publishers and teaching institutes. Member…

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Irishman Conor McGregor’s trade mark battles to secure registration of name and nickname – “The Notorious”

Conor McGregor’s trade mark battles This ‘notorious’ Irishman is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion. His most recent battles are in the trade marks arena where he is currently seeking to secure trade mark protection for his name and his nickname – “The Notorious”. In early July 2016, McGregor (through his…

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