Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015, surpassing the previous record (of 63 years, seven months and two days) set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. For some years now, the Queen has been the longest- living reigning monarch in the world. She passed a new milestone on 6 February 2022, which marked 70 years of her reign. Celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee are being held this week over a special four-day UK bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022.
Insights: Trade Marks
A trade mark is a sign (often a word) which does not describe goods or services but identifies the company selling the goods or services. When Ford sells a car or the Cambridge Judge Business School provides training, Ford and Cambridge Judge are trade marks which tell customers what characteristics to expect, based on their previous awareness of their products, reviews and marketing – High quality or low quality? Cheap or expensive? Reliable or unreliable? Delivered on time or late?
In 2012, Tecnica Group registered at EUIPO a 3D shape mark for the apres-ski footwear brand Moon Boot. Inspired by the outfits of the Apollo 11 astronauts, the brand has been around since the 1970s and has seen a recent revival in popularity, now being worn by influencers Dua Lipa and Hailey Bieber.
There had been a notable rise in the number of domain name disputes filed with the World Intellectual Property Office’s Arbitration and Mediation Center under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. The number of complaints filed hit an all time high in 2020 and from figures recently published by WIPO it appears that this upward trend is ongoing.
As London Fashion Week draws to a close considerations are made for Designers and disclosure of their designs.
Reminder to all with EU trade mark and design applications pending on 1 January 2021 that they can still file for a UK right and claim the earlier EUIPO filing date. Please be advised that you will need to act quickly as this service is only available until 30 September 2021.
When Nike applied to register the word mark FOOTWARE as a UK trade mark, Puma opposed the application. The issue was recently resolved in the High Court.
Smiley Miley, Inc. (‘SMI’), the company owned by American singer Miley Cyrus, has won a six year legal battle to register the trade mark MILEY CYRUS in the EU. The General Court of the European Union (‘the GC’) issued its decisions on 16 June 2021, overturning the refusal of this trade mark application by the EU Intellectual Property Office (‘the EUIPO’).
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