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February Focus on China

Article 3 Similarity of goods and services As discussed in the last article in this series, Chinese sub-classification system, in China goods and services are grouped into sub-classes. These sub-classes are important when the Chinese Trade Marks Office or the Trade Marks Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) needs to make a decision regarding whether goods… Read more »

Jimmy Choo stomps on cybersquatting

Luxury fashion brand J. Choo Limited, owner of the internationally desired JIMMY CHOO brand continues its success in its fight against cybersquatting with another favourable decision from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). This decision is the latest in a long line of successful domain name complaints filed by the company. Choo Limited, represented by… Read more »

February Focus on China

Article 2 Chinese sub-classification system China adopts the Nice Classification of Goods and Services, but additionally uses a sub-classification system which is unique to China. In China, each of the Nice classes has been further divided into sub-classes of goods or services. The sub-classes are structured according to the features of the goods and services… Read more »

Cupid’s arrow hits the mark: eHarmony succeed in opposing registration of “matchedharmony”

In a decision handed down on Friday 10 February 2017, the UK IPO refused an application of Robert Magill to register the mark “matchedharmony” in relation to “online dating via a website; dating services”. The opposition was filed by A.A. Thornton & Co. on behalf of one of the leading providers of online dating services, eHarmony,… Read more »

February Focus on China

Article 1 Introduction to China Did you know that China’s annual consumption of ice cream would fill 2,344 Olympic-sized swimming pools? Or that China’s annual instant noodle consumption could feed the entire European continent dinner for 52 days? In recent years, China has produced rapid technological advances and has re-established itself as a significant contributor… Read more »

Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2016 Nominations

We are delighted to announce that Partners of the firm, Ian Gill and Craig Turner, have been nominated for inclusion in the publication, Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2016. Nominees for the publication are selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent… Read more »

AA Thornton welcome Geoff Hussey

The Partners of A.A. Thornton & Co. are delighted to announce the appointment of Geoff Hussey, Solicitor, who recently joined the firm as a Partner.

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