Intellectual property news and updates

Wilson Gunn 3rd largest UK Trade Mark filer

We are delighted to announce that we have been named third in the list of ‘Top 100 UK Trade Mark Filers’ published this month by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. Based on the number of UK Trade Mark filings over the 2015 calendar year, Wilson Gunn has moved up the rankings in the annual research from 5th in 2015 to 3rd in 2016. Michael…

Changes to Trade Mark Law in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands has published the new Trade Marks Bill 2016, which introduces major changes to its trade mark laws. The commencement date is yet to be announced, but it is expected to enter into force in early 2017. The bill introduces independent national laws for the application and registration of trade marks in the Cayman Islands, thus…

Kingfisher Airlines – the importance of reputational brand value

In April this year we reported on the impending auctioning off of a number of pledged trade marks owned by the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines (KAL) in a somewhat anxious attempt to recover the reported Rs 7,000 crore (if not more) owed to its 17-strong lender consortium. The story highlighted how a business’s intellectual property portfolio…

One month to go – Article 28(8) EUTMR declarations

Proprietors of European Union trade mark registrations applied for before 22 June 2012 and registered before 23 March 2016 have one month left to avoid loss of rights.

Have you heard of Rule 40?

The Olympic Games are in full swing as athletes from around the world compete to become an Olympic champion. For many of those taking part, getting to the Games has only been possible with the support of lucrative sponsorship deals. However, those athletes and companies have to take care to avoid falling foul of the Olympics strict rules surrounding…

It's all in the name

As the new Premier League season kicked off at the weekend, many football fans from around the country tuned in to see Gary Lineker present ‘Match of the Day’ in his underpants. Trade mark experts were, on the other hand, reflecting on the troubles that were experienced when manager, Jose Mourinho, made his move from Chelsea to Manchester…

Fishing For Assets: The Value of Intellectual Property

Kingfisher Airlines, the now-defunct Indian airline whose parent company is United Breweries Group (UB), is putting nine of its trade marks up for auction in an attempt to repay a reported Rs 7,000 crore (approximately £748 million) owed to a number of its lenders. By way of background, Kingfisher Airlines (KAL) was founded in 2003 by famous…

War of the Kylies!

Jenner tries to trademark the name ‘Kylie’... Minogue thinks she has a nerve, but does she have a right?

Community Trade Marks for 2016 – All change on 23 March

Important changes are being made to Community Trade Marks from March 23rd. Not only are they being renamed, the official fee structure is also changing. Our full report gives details on how it may affect you.

Court refuses Coca-Cola Trade Mark Application for bottle shape

Senior Associate, Simon Church, discusses the recent decision on the Coca-Cola bottle shape Trade Mark Application

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