Trade Marks

AA Thornton are ranked in the Legal 500 2020

AA Thornton is ranked as a top tier firm The Legal 500 2020 edition has now been published and we are absolutely delighted to be recommended as a top-tier firm for our trade marks practice, which was described as “strong”, “dedicated” and an “excellent team of knowledgeable and genuinely good people”. We also remain highly recommended for our patents… Read more »

Registered designs and the grace period in the EU

Trade Mark Attorney Sarah Neil summarises the grace period for filing registered designs which has caught out several clients in recent years. Recently, we have seen an increasing number of clients fighting against the clock in an effort to try to obtain registered design protection before the grace period expires. The concept of time limits… Read more »

A storm in a snow globe

Asahi’s recent success in obtaining a UK registration for the mark SNOW GLOBE despite opposition based on rights in SNOW.   Asahi Holdings UK Limited has successfully defended an opposition against its UK application for the mark SNOW GLOBE. At first glance, the decision may seem surprising to some, but it reinforces some fundamental and,… Read more »

CJEU clips Red Bull’s wings

In a disappointing end to the long running defence of its registrations for the colours blue and silver, Red Bull’s EU trade marks have finally been declared invalid. On 29 July 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) finally put an end to Red Bull’s five year battle to defend its EU… Read more »

Let’s cut to the CHEESE – a banquet of IP updates

Sarah Neil serves up four delicious courses which stretch the boundaries of Intellectual Property in the food industry Here at AAT we love food. Not only do we love eating food, we love cooking food, thinking about food and talking about food. We also love combining food with our other passion: IP. In recent years,… Read more »

Welcome Changes to Chinese Trade Mark Legislation regarding bad faith

In this article Partner Ian Gill discusses the upcoming changes to Chinese Trade Mark Legislation regarding bad faith and the impact this is likely to have on trade mark owners   China’s revised trade mark legislation, effective from 1 November 2019, has a number of changes that will be welcomed by foreign companies operating in… Read more »

IACC Annual Spring Conference 2019 and 40th Anniversary

Partner Ian Gill attends the 40th Anniversary of IACC’s spring conference   Partner and Trade Mark Attorney Ian Gill attended the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition’s( IACC) 2019 Annual Spring Conference, in Boston, MA,  in the days before INTA where more than 500 attendees from 50 countries gathered at the largest Spring Conference in the organisation’s history…. Read more »

INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting – Boston 2019

  Partners and Trade Mark Attorneys Ian Gill,  Rachel Havard and Sarah Darby along with Litigation Partner Geoff Hussey and Patent Attorney and Partner Nick South represented AA Thornton at the INTA 141st Annual Meeting in Boston this year. With the increasing importance of brands to consumers, companies and the global economy, the INTA Annual… Read more »

IC what you did there…

Louise Foster casts an eye over an important clarification in the Virginie LLC vs Virgin Enterprises Limited ‘VIRGINIC’ case. Virginie LLC (the Respondent) applied to register the mark VIRGINIC as a UK trade mark in respect of goods in class 3 on 17th January 2018. Using the fast-track opposition procedure, Virgin Enterprises Limited (the Appellant)… Read more »

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