How To Legally Protect Your Domain Name

How To Legally Protect Your Domain Name

The first thing you need to do when you have an idea for a new product, service, or business is to find a name for it. It’s well worth consulting an expert in trademarks to help you choose a name, and to establish whether your proposed name is legally available to use, and most importantly,…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | November 20, 2017
Brand Protection In The EU: Why, With Brexit, Brand Owners Are Starting To Look More To Madrid Than To Alicante

Brand Protection In The EU: Why, With Brexit, Brand Owners Are Starting To Look More To Madrid Than To Alicante

The announcement in October 2017 by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) that the International Trade Mark system (usually referred to as the Madrid Protocol) has passed the 100 country-member mark is good news for brand owners. With Indonesia joining in January 2018, this means that three quarters of the 20-strong members of the G20…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | November 18, 2017
Brexit And EU Trademarks – Use It And Lose It?

Brexit And EU Trademarks – Use It And Lose It?

Could I potentially end up losing my European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) even though I am actively using it in business? Following our previous blog What Impact Will Brexit Have On Your Trademarks? which outlined some of the possible effects of Brexit on intellectual property rights (IPRs), this blog explains the possible consequences of Brexit on…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | November 7, 2017
What Impact Will Brexit Have On Your Trademarks?

What Impact Will Brexit Have On Your Trademarks?

How to be prepared and make the correct moves to protect your intellectual property position The media is abuzz with talk and comment on the ramifications Brexit will have on commerce.   Much relates to transport, travel and currency with the impact this will have on the marketplace.   A vital area, not to be overlooked, is…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | November 2, 2017
How We Can Help Secure Your IP

How We Can Help Secure Your IP

In this information-led economy, intellectual property is key. If you understand IP, and protect your assets strategically, the value of your IP could make your business far more valuable than the multiples of earnings figure might suggest. Consider the huge sums businesses like Instagram have fetched, and you’ll appreciate that owning an IP asset that…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | October 26, 2017
How To Legally Protect Your Designs And Intellectual Property

How To Legally Protect Your Designs And Intellectual Property

The appearance of your website, logo, or products is of paramount importance for the success of your business. Design registration is available to protect the visual appearance of a product, or aspects of it, such as its shape and packaging, or the surface decoration of goods. Even logos may be registered. Great design is an…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | October 23, 2017
How To Escape Intellectual Property Disputes and Litigation

How To Escape Intellectual Property Disputes and Litigation

There is a myth that securing IP protection is pointless if you lack the resources to litigate. You're actually much more likely to get into a dispute if you don't register your rights than if you do. Owning registered IP rights can be a very useful bargaining tool if you find yourself threatened by a…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | October 9, 2017
What Is Copyright And How Can You Claim Your Own?

What Is Copyright And How Can You Claim Your Own?

Copyright is a type of intellectual property right. that every business uses, and needs to know about. Every business has a logo, website, brochures, photographs, packaging, software, and more. These are all subject to copyright law. Only the copyright owner is entitled to grant permission to others to use or copy their copyright materials. Copyright…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | October 2, 2017
Want To Avoid The Need To Rebrand? Find Out The Pitfalls Before You Choose A Name

Want To Avoid The Need To Rebrand? Find Out The Pitfalls Before You Choose A Name

Picking a name for your business isn't always straightforward. An obvious first step for entrepreneurs embarking on a naming project is to pick some names and do a search engine check to assess whether anyone else is using the name. If there's no sign of a domain with that name, that might mean no one…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | September 14, 2017
Cease And Desist Letter? Six Crucial Points About Trade Marks

Cease And Desist Letter? Six Crucial Points About Trade Marks

Your product or service’s brand name is how you promote and advertise your business—and it’s what your customers use to recommend you. Using a strong brand name, your business becomes better known and builds goodwill in its name. It makes sense, therefore, to own the rights in the name. You should check online and offline…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | August 31, 2017
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