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With the recent trade mark dispute between Hugo Boss, Boss Brewing and Joe Lycett hitting the headlines, the specialist patent and trade mark attorneys at Serjeants give an overview of the ongoing situation and provide guidance on what is meant by a ‘well-known’ trade mark. Background Last month,...

At Serjeants, we deal directly with the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), European Patent Office (EPO), and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on behalf of our clients. Here, we set out the support measures for IP applicants that each of these offices have...

Update: 25 February 2020 Since posting our earlier blog (see below) on the issues surrounding the trade mark application for SUSSEX ROYAL, Her Majesty The Queen has refused to let the Duke and Duchess of Sussex use the word 'Royal' to promote their brand. As a...

Following the recent case of Shanks vs Unilever, Serjeants takes a closer look at the changes to the way in which an invention is considered to have provided an “outstanding benefit” to employers. Outstanding benefit Inventions made by an employee, either in the course of their employment...

Over the past few years gin has become the popular drink of choice. But coming up with a suitable name for a particular brand of gin has proven difficult for one company recently, who attempted to register ‘Vera Lynn’ as a trade mark for their...

Following a well-publicised case over Aldi selling a copycat Charlotte Tilbury product, Serjeants explains how the product was banned from sale despite Aldi not infringing any trade mark registrations. [caption id="attachment_896" align="alignright" width="250"] By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55257057[/caption] The Aldi business model Aldi’s business model involves the...