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Trade Mark Troubles – and how to deal with them

Published 25.01.16 at 14:43

Many people start trading under a name without much thought about names used by other companies, who may offer identical or similar products or services. They may also try to register a trade mark further down the line and encounter opposition.
Receiving a letter from a law firm, in which another company claims rights to your name is never a pleasant experience.

In this video, experienced trade mark attorney, Aaron Wood from specialist IP law firm, Wood, explains what steps you have to take to defend your trade mark (even if it is not registered), how to avoid unnecessary costs and how to determine unjustified threats.


Trade mark troubles - and how to solve them from Own-it London on Vimeo.

Please note that this video discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.
Where reference is made to Court decisions facts referred to are those reported as found by the Court. Please note that articles have not been updated by any subsequent changes in statute or case law.

Further reading:
How to build your image and protect your brand online: http://www.own-it.org/knowledge/how-to-build-your-image-and-protect-your-brand-online
Choosing your company's name and protecting your reputation: http://www.own-it.org/knowledge/choosing-your-company-s-name-and-protecting-your-reputation
Trade mark factsheet: http://www.own-it.org/knowledge/own-it-factsheet-on-trade-marks
How to register a trade mark with the UK Intellectual Property Office: https://www.gov.uk/topic/intellectual-property/trade-marks



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