A Christmas present from Briffa – 5 top tips for the perfect brand name. Choosing the ideal brand name is no mean feat. For it to be truly valuable to your business, it needs to be registered as a trade mark, but this is easier said than done. Here are our 5 top tips for brand selection: Don’t be descriptive The main temptation when choosing a brand name is to simply describe what you’re selling.…continue reading
Photograph by Jelena Ivanović | EXIT Photo Team Duran Duran Sued by Publisher for Reclaiming Song Rights. As is typical in publishing agreements, Duran Duran’s deal with Gloucester Place Music Limited (part of EMI) included a worldwide assignment of rights in their songs for the duration of copyright and any extensions and renewals. Duran Duran tried to do what many before then have done and take advantage of the US copyright law (s.203 US Copyright…continue reading
‘Pay’ trade mark wars – Paypal and Paytm. Earlier this month, PayPal opposed a trade mark application for the “Paytm” logo in India. PayPal filed its opposition citing the visual similarity between the PayPal logo and the Paytm logo (both logos incorporate similar light blue and dark blue elements). It argued that the Paytm logo is “deceptively and confusingly similar” to PayPal’s logo and accused Paytm of “slavishly adopting the two-tone blue colour scheme of…continue reading
Sale of “grey” goods in the UK is a criminal offence under the Trade Marks Act 1994 Grey market goods/parallel imports are genuinely manufactured goods by the trade mark owner, for a particular jurisdiction, that are subsequently imported into a jurisdiction not authorised by the brand owner. In this instance the “grey” branded goods in question were manufactured by the trade mark owner, but later cancelled or rejected as they were not manufactured to the…continue reading
How Not to Have a Counterfeit and Criminal Christmas ‘Tis the season of counterfeiting. Intellectual property crime is rife at Christmas. You purchase a product for half the price of the genuine article but get all the benefits of the real thing, right? This isn’t always the case. Counterfeit products may have inherent dangers, from toxic aftershave to explosive Christmas lights. Producers of counterfeit goods are usually focussed on one thing: making as much profit…continue reading
Kit Kat Barred from Keeping its Four-Finger Bar Trade Mark Are you #TeamNestlé or #TeamCadbury, as once again the two confectioners battled it out in the courts over trade marks? Previous battles have included, in 2013, where the Court of Appeal (England and Wales) held that Cadbury could not trade mark its colour purple and, in January 2016, where the High Court (England and Wales) invalidated Nestlé’s UK shape trade mark for its four-finger bar.…continue reading
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