Forbes' Commercial team regularly provide intellectual property services, such as advising on and assisting with trade mark registrations in the UK and beyond, and handling disputes not only where our clients' intellectual property rights are being infringed, but also where our clients are alleged to have infringed the intellectual property rights of others. This update will focus on some highlights of the varied intellectual property work which was carried out in October 2020.
- Upon the successful registration of our client's UK trade mark, we submitted the applications to the World Intellectual Property Office for the same trade mark to be registered in China.
- Following notification that a third party submitted an application for a trade mark which, if registered, would have infringed our client's intellectual property rights in respect of our client's registered trade mark, we issued a Letter of Claim to the third party. Within less than 2 weeks of the date of the letter, the third party withdrew their trade mark application as requested.
- As part of one our healthcare client's intellectual property portfolio, which we have been involved in for a number of months, October saw a trade mark application submissions and the successful registration of another trade mark (which a third-party initially sought to oppose). A number of other proposed trade marks are on the horizon and we look forward to ensuring that these are registered and protected over the next few months.
- We issued a number of Letter of Claims to third parties breaching our client's intellectual property rights by using our client's registered trade mark to such extent that it was being infringed.
- We submitted a number of trade marks, both word marks and figurative logos, in a wide variety of NICE classes via the UK Intellectual Property Office.
- Upon notification that a third party invalidly applied for a trade mark under our client's service offerings, we sent a Letter of Claim to the opposition requiring that they remove the trade mark.
- Our client in the care sector received a Letter of Claim, alleging that their trading name breached a third party's registered trade mark. We promptly responded and confirmed that in the circumstances, there is no such infringement.
The examples above are just some illustrations of the diverse intellectual property work Forbes' Commercial team carry out on a month-by-month basis.
Intellectual property law is a complex area and depending on the goods and services that your business provides, there are a variety of intellectual property rights that you may either automatically hold on creation or come to own following active steps to obtain intellectual property protection. Having appropriate registrations and licences in place for your intellectual property not only prevents the likelihood of third parties copying your goods and services, but also improves your status as a reputable company amongst competition.
For more information contact Daniel Fletcher in our Intellectual Property department
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