Trade Marks

RACETECH: The problem of counterfeiting in Motorsport

Fake News! The problem of counterfeiting in Motorsport   Partner Alex Bone and Associate Patent Attorney, Stuart Greenwood recently wrote an article for the December / January issue of RACETECH magazine. Their article ‘Fake News!’ discussed how fake goods are increasingly a problem in the motorsport industry and offered advice on how to counter the… Read more »

AA Thornton to attend New Delhi events this November

The World IP Forum and APAA Conference, New Delhi, November 2018 Patent attorneys Julie Barrett-Major and Leonita Paulraj will be in New Delhi from 14 – 21 November, where they will attend the World IP Forum and APAA conferences. Whilst in New Delhi, Julie and Leonita will also attend the World IP Forum during 14-16 November…. Read more »

AA Thornton ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2019

  The Legal 500 2019 edition has now been published and we are delighted that the firm has once again been ranked as a leading firm for both patents and trade marks, and that our level of service was recognised, once again, as “outstanding”:  “The ‘excellent’ A.A. Thornton & Co. ‘goes the extra mile to provide outstanding customer service’ and has… Read more »

PTMG Autumn Conference 2018

AA Thornton returns to PTMG in Dubrovnik! Consulting Patent Attorney Julie Barrett-Major  and Trade Mark Attorney Suzanne Power represented the firm at the Autumn Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG) conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 3rd to 6th October 2018. Julie and Susie hosted a tea and round table event at the Hotel Croatia Cavtat just before the start of… Read more »

In-cosmetics Formulations Summit – London 2018

Our Cosmetics and Personal Care team returns to the in-cosmetics Formulations Summit – London 2018 Members of our Cosmetics and Personal Care team returned to the in-cosmetics Formulations Summit in London on 24 & 25 October 2018. The team in attendance included: Julie Barrett-Major, who spoke at both last year’s London Summit as well as this… Read more »

Protection for cannabis-based IP

Protection for cannabis-based IP in the wake of announcement of impending legalisation of medicinal cannabis   The legalisation of medicinal and recreational cannabis in several US states, Canada and some European countries has resulted in a new economic market rising from what was previously an illegal trade. Meanwhile, in the UK, the recent cases of… Read more »

J. Choo Limited v Liangliang Ren

“If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything.” – Iris Apfel   Introduction Not according to the EUIPO in the recent decision in Opposition No. B002757717 of J. Choo Limited v Liangliang Ren, when the Opposition Division handed down a decision to reject the mark:  … Read more »

EU: Falsified Medicines Directive: Implications for parallel importers and of Brexit

EU: Falsified Medicines Directive: Implications for parallel importers and of Brexit This article was updated: 8 October 2018   Introduction to the Falsified Medicines Directive Directive 2011/62/EU, better known as “The Falsified Medicines Directive” or “FMD”, came into force on 2 January 2013, with the aim of preventing falsified medicines from entering the legitimate supply… Read more »

UPDATE: 27 September 2018 – Brexit: EU Trade Marks and Community Designs, including if there is ‘no deal’

Brexit: EU Trade Marks and Community Designs, including if there is ‘no deal’   What is the current situation? The UK is to leave the EU (“Brexit”) on 29 March 2019.  When Brexit becomes fully effective, EU unitary trade mark registrations (“EUTMs”) and registered Community designs (“RCDs”) will cease to have effect in the UK,… Read more »

“It’s immoral!” Pitfalls of failing to register your trademarks; increased risks in China.

“It’s immoral!” Pitfalls of failing to register your trademarks; increased risks in China. Background: For a number of reasons, it is generally recognised as best practice is to secure a trade mark registration for your brands. Despite your best endeavours, however, trade mark applications can be rejected on a range of different grounds, including “absolute”… Read more »

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