Trade Marks

European Union Trade Marks and Community Designs, post-Brexit

The UK is to leave the EU (“Brexit”) in March 2019, but a transitional (“implementation”) period is expected to apply until at least 31 December 2020, in which existing IP rights obtained under EU law and therefore affected by Brexit will continue to have effect in the UK. When Brexit becomes fully effective, EU unitary… Read more »

Hague Agreement ratification designed to offer some post-Brexit certainty

The UK government has announced it has joined the Hague Agreement for the international registration of industrial designs. The system will come into effect from 13 June 2018 and will give applicants the option of filing an international design which designates the UK individually (rather than coverage through designation of the EU). What are International… Read more »

PTMG Spring Conference

Trade Mark Partner Rachel Havard and Consulting Patent Attorney Julie Barrett Major will represent the firm at the Spring Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group conference in Porto, Portugal from 18th – 20th March. PTMG is a not for profit organisation and their primary objective is to enable members to meet at regular intervals to consider problems… Read more »

AA Thornton partners recommended in the World Trademark Review 2018

We are thrilled to announce that Partners and Chartered Trademark Attorneys Ian Gill and Vanessa Lawrence, have been, once again, recommended in the 2018 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, in the “prosecution and strategy” category. They also received the following client comments: “Trademark and design pro Ian… Read more »

BMW vs Technosport

Auto suggestion by use of BMW The BMW vs Technosport[1] case arose from the unauthorised use of BMW’s trade marks in the UK by an independent repair services provider, Technosport. The case before the court While BMW succeeded on most grounds in the initial infringement case, its appeal concerned mainly the issue of use of… Read more »

Testing times for TESTAROSSA

Ferrari S.p.A (Ferrari) may be facing loss of the registration of its legendary TESTAROSSA trade mark for its iconic sports car in Germany. The trade mark was used by Ferrari during the mid-1980s to mid-1990s for its sought after sports cars featured in the TV series Miami Vice and popularised by celebrity fans. Production of… Read more »

Michelin’s X is king

The Continental vs Michelin[1] appeal at the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU), decided a few months ago arose from an opposition by Michelin to Continental’s European Union Trade Mark Application for the registration of  in relation to ‘Tyres; Inner tubes for tyres’. Michelin relied, inter alia, on its earlier French trade mark… Read more »

1 Year anniversary of the Royal Charter for the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Friday (24 November 2017) marked the first anniversary since the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys signed their Royal Charter to establish themselves as The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. In the same week, they also celebrated their 83rd birthday. A ‘Royal Charter’ is ‘reserved for eminent professional bodies or charities which have a solid… 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 »

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