Trademark protection for product shapes

In trademark law, as in so many things, the answer to one question often spawns a whole new generation of questions as opposed to finalising matters. We suspect that the removal of the requirement within Europe for a graphical representation of a trademark at the time of application will be one of these.

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Brexit and Trademarks

Mr. Justice Arnold, the judge in charge of the English Patents Court, talks Brexit and its impact on trademark law in the country.

What impact will the Great Repeal Bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the United Kingdom, have on UK trademark law?

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Diving down into the dark web

Counterfeits on the internet have been a major problem for rights holders since the birth of internet shopping and its subsequent global widespread use. However, what is known as ‘the dark web’ is providing more opportunities for counterfeiters and proving increasingly difficult to police. The internet is largely made up of two layers: the surface web and the deep web. Every website available through search engines makes up what is called the surface web.

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Re-registered domain names used for trademark infringements

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has recently released a report based on phase two of a study concerning intellectual property infringements online. In the first phase, a qualitative study was conducted to investigate the different methods used for such infringements. It was followed up by the second phase, a quantitative study, in which a method was analysed in greater detail.


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Hashtag Trademarks: What can be Protected?

Social media platforms have become indispensable marketing channels for brand owners. And in the 10 years since the #hashtag emerged as an online marketing tool, interest in registering #hashtag trademarks has taken off. Recent research by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters CompuMark) shows that while just seven companies submitted applications for trademark-specific hashtags in 2010, the number of such applications has been rising steadily.

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