Trade Names or Business Names as Trademarks

Trade Names or Business Names as Trademarks

Quin & Donnelly was a well-known and successful fashion design partnership in Ireland which was founded more than 30 years ago when the pair were fashion students. Their collections had been sold for more than 15 years by retailers including Brown Thomas and House of Fraser when a dispute concerning their brand name Quin & Donnelly brought about the death of the brand.  As the Times reported…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | May 25, 2019
Does Copyright Protect Names?

Does Copyright Protect Names?

Copyright is a wide-ranging subject, and relevant to many creative and non-creative industries.   It is arguably the most universally relevant IP right, covering written materials, music, art, logos, and computer programs, to name a few.  It protects most visual brand elements, such as logos, packaging, and websites, albeit it may also be possible to protect these by also…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | May 19, 2019
International Trade Marks

International Trade Marks

Trade marks are your “badge of origin”, and serve to identify your products and services.  Without trade marks, it would be impossible to find the products and services we like and to avoid those we don’t. So, trade marks are tools enabling consumers to identify products and services they have enjoyed and want to buy…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | April 25, 2019
How to Blog Safely and Avoid Infringement of Intellectual Property

How to Blog Safely and Avoid Infringement of Intellectual Property

In my previous post, I looked at the issue of protecting your blog content and identity. This blog briefly looks at some of the issues concerning the inclusion of other people’s materials in your content. As I mentioned in the last blog, as a blogger you need to look in both directions when it comes…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | April 19, 2019
Tips for Bloggers on How to Protect IP

Tips for Bloggers on How to Protect IP

These days, any of us can be a blogger. All you need is somewhere to post your content, and an interesting angle on life – be it sports, politics, travel, food, music, you name it – you can blog your perspective on it. What’s more, you can attract a worldwide audience of thousands or even…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | April 12, 2019
Branding: The Value Of Working Out Purpose

Branding: The Value Of Working Out Purpose

Last week I mentioned how I had found my purpose after committing to think about it by regularly revisiting the question. Branding and Intellectual Property – Why You Should Begin With the End in Mind This took several months. Part of the reason it might have taken so long is that the question was bound up with…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | April 5, 2019
Branding and Intellectual Property – Why You Should Begin With the End in Mind

Branding and Intellectual Property – Why You Should Begin With the End in Mind

“Begin With the End in Mind.” as Stephen Covey put it in the 7 habits of highly effective people. It’s worth taking the time to consider what you ultimately value in life. What really matters to you, and what you hope it all adds up to in the end. Studies have shown that living a…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | March 29, 2019
How to Establish Your Brand

How to Establish Your Brand

When starting a business, you need to think about how to establish your brand. Your brand is what drives your business, a set of promises and assurances that customers should think of when they see or hear your name. It is your unique identity that resonates with your target audience and differentiates you from your…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | March 22, 2019
5 Crucial Points About Trademarks Everyone Should Consider

5 Crucial Points About Trademarks Everyone Should Consider

There are 5 crucial points to know about trademarks that might change your entire approach to branding and trademark registration. I’ll start by answering the question what is a trademark.     What is a Trademark? Trademarks are signs used in business to identify products and services in the market place. Customers can find you…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | March 14, 2019
3 Facts About Copyright Everyone Should Know

3 Facts About Copyright Everyone Should Know

Whether you’re starting out in business, or creating new products and services for your existing business, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing things right, that your actions will set you up for success. Unless you’re purely testing the market in a way where none of what you create needs to endure or be relied…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | March 6, 2019
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