Brand owners seeking to do business in Europe are well-advised to apply to register their key brands as trademarks. With the United Kingdom formally leaving the European Union as of January 31, brand owners seeking protection in the UK will have two choices: i) they can wait to extend their trademark registrations from the European Union pursuant to a transition process expected to be finalized in the year ahead; or ii) they can plan pro-actively to file UK trademark applications in the months ahead, before the “Brexit” transition is complete.
Luxury car maker Aston Martin has been granted a trademark for its name and wing logo to be used in relation to alcoholic beverages.The trademark was granted to the British car company last month, meaning that its logo and name can be used in relation to alcoholic beverages (class 33), except beer.The company has refused to comment on whether the trademark foreshadows a new product release in the drinks sector.
Jaguar Land Rover has lost an attempt to trademark the shape of its old Defender 4×4 after a long-running battle with tycoon Sir Jim Ratcliffe.Ineos boss Ratcliffe, who plans to make a new off-road vehicle in south Wales called the Grenadier, challenged JLR’s retrospective bid to trademark the Land Rover Defender’s shape.
U.K. supermarket no longer legally trumps a literal country Iceland Foods, which operates Iceland supermarkets in the U.K., no longer holds the EU trademark on the word “Iceland,” which is, of course, a sovereign country. The EU Intellectual Property Organisation granted the food company said trademark back in 2014, but that trademark is now invalidated after the supermarket tried to stop the country from mentioning itself in a slogan, prompting the country to sue.
Glenfiddich owner William Grant & Sons tried to block his attempts to trademark an Indian businessman’s Glenfield Scotch whisky,, saying it uses the same green and gold colours and stag on its packaging.
Chanel has successfully prevented a Vietnamese company from registering CocoGoodsCo as a trademark in the UK, according to a report published by the World Intellectual Property Review. The UK Intellectual Property Office agreed with the French luxury brand that Luong Quoi Coconut’s mark infringed Chanel’s ‘Coco’ trademark in class 3, covering soaps, shampoo, deodorant and […]