What you need to know before you start a franchise

Whether you’re actively considering taking your business to the next level through franchising or you’re just getting started on launching your idea, it pays to be aware of the potential implications of franchising. Since the ability to successfully run a franchise scheme depends on having effective protection of your IP in place, we always advise…

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Why life expectancy is shaping copyright law

In Aprils’ budget the government of Canada announced plans to extend copyright protection for artists from 50 years to 70 years. This means that rather than enjoying copyright protection on recorded works for 50 years after release, artists and record companies won’t have to worry about songs passing into the public domain until much later.…

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What does plain packaging mean for intellectual property?

Following votes in the House of Commons and House of Lords in March in favour of standardising cigarette packaging, we could see rules finalised that will force cigarette packets sold in England to adopt the same uniform look. David Cameron recently repeated his party’s commitment to introducing ‘healthy’ packaging in their manifesto. What this means…

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Livin’ La Vida Cocoa – Purple Trademarks for Chocolate

Cadbury’s purple reigns or a purple haze? That is the question. Cadbury have the following trade mark currently registered: The mark consists of the colour purple (Pantone 2685C) as shown on the form of application, applied to the whole visible surface, or being the predominant colour applied to the whole visible surface, of the packaging…

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Trademarks – Bad words for Adwords (Part 2)

Back in October 2010 we published the first part of this article speculating on how the Interflora v Marks & Spencer case might develop. On 21 May 2013 Mr Justice Arnold of the High Court issued judgement. Background To recap on the facts of the case, Marks & Spencer PLC (‘M&S’) used the registered trademark…

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Bad Faith- Proposed Changes to the EU Trademark System

The European Commission is in the process of consulting stakeholders regarding proposed changes to EU law, including changes to the bad faith provisions. Under the bad faith provisions trademark applications/registrations may be challenged on grounds that they were essentially filed dishonestly. If the proposed law is given a broad interpretation then it seems that there…

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How to Register a UK Trademark on a Shoestring

As trademark attorneys, we often have enquiries from people who are launching a business and want to register a business or product name, but are on such a tight budget that even a couple of hundred pounds spent on a trademark attorney is too much. If you can afford a trademark attorney we highly recommend…

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