Checking out your competition (legally!)

10-12-2018 | Blog

hat are your competitors up to and how can you use this knowledge to your advantage? Competitive research is the foundation of a strong marketing strategy - or at least it should be.  You need to define your USP, identify ...

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Huge Trademark Victory For Wood IP & Fast Growing Warrior Brand

09-11-2018 | Blog

London, 9 November 2018 –  KBF Enterprises (t/a ‘WARRIOR’) has been handed a significant victory against Mr Daniel Singh, his company Warrior Project Nutrition Limited and Corex Fitness Limited, a company ow...

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Keep Calm and Carry On not infringing copyright - The Do’s and Don’ts of copyright law for t-shirts

30-10-2018 | Blog

It’s so easy these days to make and sell t-shirts.  Innovations in digital technology have reduced the investment needed to within the grasp of the most modest of investors, and there are even platforms so you dont need...

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A business fails. What’s the value of the IP? Does it go down with the company?

26-09-2018 | Blog

Never underestimate the strength of Intellectual Property.  It can be a complex asset, requiring specialist valuation.  But it’s also an asset than can add tremendous value to an insolvent business.  In fact, ...

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Comment on Portsmouth FC Trademark: Pompey

20-08-2018 | Blog

It is increasingly common for sports teams to try to protect their nicknames to defend themselves against being ripped off by rogue traders. The sports apparel industry is a large and high profit one, and disputes over the intelle...

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Comment on Formula 1/3M Trademark Dispute

20-08-2018 | Blog

There is still quite some way to go.  The logo used by Formula 1 is extremely close to that of POST-IT NOTE company 3M, but the interests of 3M are quite specific.  It would seem likely that Formula One will seek to find...

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Drake Seeking to Trademark God's Plan?

17-08-2018 | Blog

This is an interesting move, but not all that surprising.  God’s Plan is one of his biggest hits and the name lends itself to merchandise and connected services.  In theory a trademark can be obtained for slogans a...

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EU Signals what will happen to EU IP Rights

28-02-2018 | Blog

Just a quick note to let you know that the EU Commission has now published the Draft Treaty for the exit of the UK from the EU, and it includes the provisions regarding EU trade marks and designs. This had been a source of concern...

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Witness Statements and Memory - Dealing with Conflicting and Woolly Stories

27-11-2017 | Blog

In many cases the stories that come from clients contradict, and in others the stories from the other side don’t quite feel right but there is nothing concrete to hang an attack on. How do we deal with that in litigatio...

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Challenging Trade Marks in the UK - An important difference between Oppositions and Invalidity

24-11-2017 | Blog

When we advise clients, one set of terms which regularly causes issues is “opposition” and “cancellation”. Broadly speaking, there is very little difference between the two, and certainly there are very few...

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Damages for Breach of Confidence - Get the Claim Right

26-11-2016 | Blog

The key issues when claiming damages is evaluating loss.  Sometimes the basis is rough and ready; sometimes it is perfectly scientific.  In the case of Marathon Asset Management (read the full judgment here) the jud...

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UK Courts Extend cases Where Internet Service Providers can be targeted

26-10-2016 | Blog

In the world of counterfeits, the internet is often a massive game of “WHACK-A-MOLE”.  Hit one website and another pops up – quite often the same one on a different server and/or under a different domain. &n...

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Wood IP supports IP Pro Bono Scheme

17-10-2016 | Blog

Wood IP is pleased to be a part of the IP Pro Bono Scheme launched today (17 October 2016) by HHJ Hacon of the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. Offering pro bono services has been part of the fabric of the firm since its...

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Clarification over Court Fees for IP Claims ? cheaper than you thought!

26-09-2016 | Blog

With the rise a while back in court fees, there has been some question over what fees are payable (and how to reduce the fees paid upfront).  On claims for damages over GB£200k the court fees are GB£10k for the da...

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UK Court clarifies position on Colour/Colour Combination marks

26-06-2016 | Blog

Energy drink.. blue and silver…  any ideas?  I would imagine most people would say RED BULL.  Colour combinations, or the use of a particular colour on packaging, can be a key brand indicator.   A p...

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No S-topping Pizza Defendant who Built up Rights

26-04-2016 | Blog

How do you deal with the situation where you launch first, then someone else does and you subsequently register the mark? This became the question in this messy case presented as a franchise gone wrong. In the process th...

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Why I am Giving Away My Knowledge

18-02-2016 | Blog

Today I start a series of posts publishing a guide which “gives away” a massive amount of information on how to run a trade mark dispute.  It is no exaggeration to say that this is “unusual” – no...

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UKIPO Trade Mark Cases ? Week to 11 December 2015

26-12-2015 | Blog

Another set of reports – do leave comments or get in touch if you wish to discuss them! O-575-15 TRADEMARKERS An application to register the mark TRADEMARKERS in a logo format was opposed by Mr Mark Kingsley-Williams, who op...

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UKIPO Trade Mark Cases ? Week to 18 December 2015

18-12-2015 | Blog

O/594/15 INSTADRY         SCA had sought to protect the mark INSTADRY in the UK via an international registration.  Proctor & Gamble opposed this based upon an earlier CTM for the mark I...

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SUPER HEROES Trade Mark ? nearly an Achilles Heel for DC/Marvel

26-11-2015 | Blog

Last week the press in the UK was full of the story of a case in which a “David” called Graham Jules vanquished DC and Marvel in a case about the use and registration of the mark BUSINESS ZERO TO SUPERHE...

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