When starting a new business venture choosing a name for your business or brand is essential. Businesses need to make the right impression as it will be one of the first things a customer or client will see when dealing with your business.
An advertising keyword allows an advertiser to have their adverts placed on a search engine’s results. An advertiser can purchase keywords relevant to their business so that when a user carries out a search, their advert is placed either above or to the side of the natural search results.
From 1 January 2021 all EU trade mark registrations will no longer cover the UK.
However, all EU trade marks that have been registered before 31 December 2020 or ‘IP Completion Day’, will be automatically converted by the UK Intellectual Property Office into their own fully independent UK trade mark holding the original EU trade mark filing date. There will be no additional fees to pay.
Amazon’s Brand Registry helps brand owners protect their IP rights and creates “an accurate and trusted experience for customers”. The Registry ensures that the trade mark owners are the only sellers who can sell their products on Amazon.
A guarantee is a contractual promise to pay the liabilities of another.
When a franchise agreement is entered into between a franchisor and a corporate franchisee, such as a limited company, it is usual for the franchisor to require at least one individual, such as a company director or key shareholder, to provide a personal guarantee that they will satisfy the obligations and liabilities of the franchisee, in the event that the franchisee fails to meet those obligations and liabilities under the franchise agreement.
Once a trade mark is registered, the owner has the exclusive right to use the mark in the UK. This allows an owner to stop others from using their mark or a confusingly similar mark in relation to the goods and services that their mark was registered for.
Part 36 offers are a useful tactical step a party can take in legal proceedings to attempt to focus the other side on settling proceedings. It can put pressure on an opponent to come to the table and settle a case whilst importantly protecting the offeror’s position on costs.