Metatags and Trade Mark Use

Metatags and Trade Mark Use

Trade mark law like any IP right has been forced to adapt to the digital environment where trade marks are seen on virtually every web page available on the internet. The question is whether or not the appearance of the mark amounts, in certain circumstances to use of the trade mark. Today many businesses use…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | March 20, 2008
Google loses Gmail trade mark case

Google loses Gmail trade mark case

Google’s unsuccessful EU wide trade mark application to register the name ‘G-mail’ shown here is a salutary lesson about the importance of registering rights to a brand early, and in all countries in which you hope to use it. When an EU application is successfully opposed in any one member state, as it was here,…Read more »

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Unjustified Threats

Unjustified Threats

One challenging aspect of advising small businesses is the vagueness of the law. It is difficult to give the clear, black and white answers business people need. One client recently asked me what letters we would be able to send out to enforce her design or trade mark rights if she registered them. She even…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | March 18, 2008
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