Trademarks

When a recent trade mark application from Liverpool FC received a large number of threatened oppositions, they decided to withdraw the mark. Serjeants’ trade mark attorneys explain: [caption id="attachment_887" align="alignright" width="222"] By Source, Fair use, https://hif.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24784[/caption] On 20 June 2019 Liverpool FC filed for a trade mark...

Trade marks can become vulnerable to cancellation after five years if they are not used on all the goods and services applied for. To get around this, some brands re-file their marks to ensure they remain valid. Hasbro, owners of the well-known board game Monopoly,...

China has long been aware of the criticisms of its trade mark system made by overseas business and, over the last few years, has sought to address those criticisms through law reform. The latest reforms to be implemented came in April this year, apparently driven by...

In a recent, long-standing case involving fashion brand Zara, the retailer successfully blocked a travel company from registering a similar trade mark due to social media platforms ‘blurring’ the lines between products and services. Here, we explain the key facts of the case and the impact...

Leicester City Football Club triumphed recently when the trade mark experts at Serjeants successfully defended the club’s rights in their registered trade mark ‘LCFC’, preventing an application for a similar mark. An application was made by Leeds City Football Club Limited (Leeds City Ltd) to register...

Serjeants’ expert trade mark attorneys recently triumphed at the specialist Intellectual Property Enterprise Court with a successful trade mark infringement claim that prevented a similar business to that of its client operating under an almost identical name. Whilst at first that seems like a straightforward case,...

We always warn clients to beware of scammers, who find out details of new trade mark applications and use them to send fake invoices for trade mark fees.  We recently found ourselves on the receiving end of this type of scam! Serjeants filed an EU trade...