According to the US Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Global IP Index, the UK ranked highest for trademark protection, with the UK coming second to the US for all IP, giving recognition to the UK’s strong national IP environment. The first place for trademarks was the 4th such annual showing year in a row.
The UKIPO has taken Brexit in its stride, cloning several million EU trademark rights into UK rights. But more remains to be done. Since 1st January 2021 , the UK has been unilaterally participating in the EEA’s regional exhaustion regime. So IP rights in goods first placed on the market in the European Economic Area […]
Colin the Caterpillar trademark dispute
It’s gloves off between M&S and Aldi. With the venerable UK retailer claiming infriongement of their “Colin the Caterpillar” trademark by the discounter’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake. Leading them to file an intellectual property claim with the High Court this week.
M&S claims that the similarity in name and Goods – […]
EU trademark – 25 years old!
The first EU trademark was registered on 1st April 1996 so 25 years ago this month. Up until then only national registrations (Beneluxe aside) gave registered rights in EU countries.22,000 trademarks were applied for in that first month to the newly formed EUIPO in Alicante, then known […]
Megan and Harry embroiled in right royal dispute
Yes, not that dispute with the Royal family over differing recollections of what was said by whom to whom.
But with Trademark and small business owner Victor Martin Soriano of the Philipines. Who’s application for the trademark ARCHEWELL HARVATERA filed by Soriano in July 2020 for […]
UKIPO introduces new process for bulk change of trademark representative
So many trademark owners are wanting to change representative at the UK that the UKIPO has brought in a new bulk process. In place of the normal TM33 form a spreadsheet template is used listing the application numbers of the trademarks. This […]
App store woes for Scandi CLUBHOUSE with EU TM
You have to feel for Alexander Frederiksen who launched his Clubhouse app on the Apple iOS store and Google Play store in mid-2020.
His business has been stopped dead with no distribution for his app. How come ?
Alexander applied to trademark CLUBHOUSE at the EUIPO […]
Maintaining UK TM rights derived from EU registrations
So as explained in an earlier post, when the UK left the EU cloned new trademarks were created at the UKIPO for owners of registered, active EU trademarks. These new trademarks have the same registration date as the EU trademark and are identical in […]
EU trademarks and new UK rights
Owners of EU trademarks now have freshly minted equivalent rights in the UK. More than 1.5m new trademark records were created and became active as the clock struck 11pm on 31st December 2020 marking the end of the UK’s transiton period and its time in the […]