Trade Marks are one of the most valuable tools when it comes to brand protection.
The best level of protection is gained through registration of your marks and, unlike most IP rights, if well looked after registered trade marks can last forever.
We can provide you with advice in relation to the creation, protection, maintenance, enforcement and exploitation of all aspects of a trade mark and brand, including:
- Brand clearance and searching
- Advising on and protecting all manner of trade marks from words and logos, to the more “exotic” sounds, shapes, colours, positions, and motion marks nationally and internationally
- Watching services so you are alerted to potentially conflicting marks by third parties
- Management of global portfolios
- Brand audits
- Registered trade mark infringement and invalidity proceedings, and passing off actions
- Trade mark oppositions, cancellations and revocations in the UK and EU Registries
- Appeals in the UK Courts, the EUIPO and CJEU
- Brand licensing, franchising and co-existence agreements
- Advertising clearance and regulation; ASA complaints and comparative advertising claims
With the completion of Brexit at the end of 2020, EU trade marks no longer extend to the UK, although existing EU registrations have been “cloned” as UK registrations. We have produced some guidance on how Brexit affects your EUTM’s here.
Meet the team
Joint and several liability for IP infringement - Directors beware
Olivia takes an in-depth look at the recent Lifestyle Equities v Ahmed case in the Court of Appeal
Brexit: Trade Marks and Designs
Charlotte outlines all you need to know before the next post-Brexit deadline on trade marks and designs
#cake – a trial by social media
Brexit and intellectual property: Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and
Charlotte looks at where else trade mark and design protection may be required following Brexit.
Diversification of landed estates – a trade mark lawyer’s advice...
Mary looks at the diversification of landed estates and offers her expert advice from a trade mark perspective
Brexit and Intellectual Property: one month on
Charlotte looks at the impact of Brexit on intellectual property one month on
IP in a Pod: Social Media
What IP issues surround the use and protection of hashtags, memes, GIFs and stickers?
Q&A examining information notices and the right to manage
Can section 82 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 enable an RTM company to serve an information notice on a third party?
Burger King, Stevenage and my FIFA confusion
The conception of a drinks brand - innovation and IP
US Court 'swipes left' on dating app dispute
Five principles to help “level up” your trade mark and brands game
UKIPO to end period of interrupted days on 29 July
Time to Brighton up that brand portfolio?
IP in a Pod: The impact of Megxit – A trade mark lawyer’s perspective
A look at the 'Sussex Royal' brand and the trademark issues around it.
Charlotte Duly writes for CITMA Review on the EUIPO's decision in Radio Blanca, S.A., v Cuneyt Ortan
Charlotte Duly writes for World Intellectual Property Review on the impact of the CJEU judgment in Sky v SkyKick
Charlotte Duly quoted in World Intellectual Property Review and World Trademark Review on the CJEU decision in Sky v Skykick
Mark Hill interviewed on Dubai Eye's Business Breakfast show on the importance for businesses to protect their intellectual property rights
Charlotte Duly joins Charles Russell Speechlys as Head of Brand Protection
Brand protection specialist Charlotte Duly joins the firm's Intellectual Property Group