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We are moving!

We are moving from our current offices in Merrion Square where we have worked since 1968. Our new offices at 2B Clonskeagh Square, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 14, are bright and spacious and will have ample parking for clients. We are looking forward to the move and will be in the new offices by December 16 2013. Our telephone and fax numbers will not change.


Clients should remain vigilant about unsolicited requests for payment of fees.

As soon as an application to register a trade mark has been filed or details of an application have been published or an existing registration approaches its due date for renewal, the owner of the application/registration is likely to receive at least one (and possibly more than one) unsolicited communication from an organisation masquerading as an Official body.  These organizations are able to access the latest information in relation to the application/registration and consequently convey the impression that they are, or operate on behalf of, Official bodies in the country in which the application/registration applies. 
Official correspondence should come directly to MacLachlan & Donaldson as your representative and recorded address for service.
Clients should not respond to any unsolicited request for payment of fees, but instead should either ignore those requests or send them to us for confirmation that they should be ignored.

EPO changing its rules regarding divisional application filings

An amendment of the provisions of the European Patent Convention dealing with the requirements for the filing of divisional applications has been adopted. The decision enters into force on 1st April 2014 and will apply to divisional Read More »

Soccer Club falls "fowl" of trade mark

It was recently reported by the Daily Telegraph that a small football club in England has fallen "fowl" of a registered trade mark. Fleet Spurs, a non-league football team, redesigned its club badge but the cockerel it chose to use, when combined with the other elements, was considered by the Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspurs, better known as Spurs, to be too similar to its Cockerel registered trade mark and legal action was threatened. A Tottenham spokesman said "If we do not take action to stop Fleet Spurs using our cockerel logo, it can undermine our ability to stop unauthorised people who use our logo, such as counterfeiters". Fleet Spurs has acceded to Tottenham's demands, thus avoiding a cockfight between the two, but has, as a result, been forced to incur the cost of once again redesigning the crest.

The Changing Face of a Brand

As sick children lay in bed over 30 years ago listening to their friends playing outside in the sunshine, there was one advantage they usually had over those friends: a glass of Lucozade brought up to them by their loving mothers. It was, as a slogan said at the time,
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Patent Cliff - Patents, ESRI and reduced income to Irish Economy from Patented Drugs

It has been widely reported that Ireland is the fifth biggest exporter in the pharmaceutical field and that many blockbuster drugs have either recently lost or will soon lose their patent protection with few new drugs having been developed to replace the money-making blockbusters.  For example, Irish-made cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor Read More »

Trade Mark Trip–Ups!

In our last ezine we considered the “Patent pitfalls” for inventors. In this issue we look at a couple of mistakes brand owners sometimes make when adopting a new trade mark.

Failure to search
All too often stories hit the headlines of companies adopting trade marks, spending thousands of Euros on packaging, publicity materials and marketing, only to have to re-brand when challenged by the owner of an existing right which they are infringing. Read More

Weak trade marks
The usual temptation for designers or brand owners is to adopt words which describe the product or service. However, to be registered as a trade mark and thus secure exclusive rights in the trade mark, the mark must be distinctive. Read More