Brand Protection | Mayo Wynne Baxter
0800 84 94 101
Text size: Abc Abc Abc

Know your Design Rights

Rights

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 has recently been passed by Parliament, receiving Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. Although it doesn’t come into force until 1 October 2014 or later, it will be useful for businesses, companies and entrepreneurs to be aware of the changes surrounding Design Rights. Mayo Wynne Baxter can help advise you… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Copying and Copyright – protecting your work

Cybercrime

The Brighton Festival is under way and I have been enjoying the artists open houses,  especially the one with my mother’s artwork! There is plenty of theatre, music, arts and literature on offer in the city and thousands of people are getting to enjoy them. However with this showcase of creative work, there is also… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The battle of the colour purple

The battle of the colour purple

Cadbury, the British, multinational, confectionery company, has lost a long-standing battle over the use of its iconic colour purple as a trade mark. Cadbury tried to register its particular shade of purple, otherwise known as Pantone 2685C, as a UK trademark. A trade mark is a sign which can distinguish your goods and services from… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

It’s all about image….or is it?

Most world-famous pop stars are pleased when fans adorn t-shirts branding their faces, but only when the company producing the merchandise has permission. In July, the High Court handed down judgment in a passing off case brought by the singer Rihanna who has a clothing collection at River Island, against major clothing retailer, Topshop. Topshop… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Businesses, brands and a lot of litigation

The legal landscape around brands has come a long way since trade mark protection entered the statute books in 1875. Case law is continually evolving to resolve brand issues faced by businesses. Some of the latest examples illustrate the fine line between sensible brand protection and unnecessary litigation. Beyond formally recognised assets such as brand… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Kodak – a development lesson

In spite of legal challenges from other companies, Kodak has recently been given permission to auction over 1,000 of its digital imaging patents.  As well as enough prior art issues to intrigue an IP geek or lawyer (is there a difference?) this decision raises a key point for business owners from all industries. The clue’s in the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Could Misspelled Search Terms Cost You Business?

In a world where a high percentage of goods and services are researched and bought on the web it is essential that you make yourself visible to potential buyers. For most businesses this means using an SEO specialist to help your site rank well in search engines like Google and striving for that ever elusive top spot… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Bell Boy

Many inventions are completely useless, although for some reason consumers are still happy to buy gadgets and gizmos as presents for birthdays, Christmases and so on. However a smart Croydon based 13 year old boy, Laurence Rook, has actually invented something of potential use, particularly for regular online shoppers – an activity that will no… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Who owns App Store?

  As a recent Apple convert (I LOVE my Mac), I have to say I would be inclined to take sides on this one. The issue is that Apple have made an application to trademark the works “App Store” – basically, this means that Apple would have the exclusive legal right to use those words if… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Making Copyright Right

We are in the 21st century with technologies constantly being created, developed and improved. The question today which needs serious thought is whether current copyright law actually works to protect owners from infringement. It is, of course, important to ensure that copyright owners’ interests are properly protected. However today it is very easy to copy… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)