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Happy Anniversary, EUIPO – 30 years old and still going strong!

History of the European Union Trade Mark and the EUIPO Where would we be without the unitary European Union trade mark registration? Before the creation of the European Union trade mark registration, if you wanted to protect your trade mark in multiple countries of the European Union, you had to apply to register the trade [...]

2024-06-11T11:35:36+00:00June 12th, 2024|News|

Influencers, Counterfeits and Consumption Trends

The UKIPO commissioned a study on ‘The impact of complicit social media influencers on male consumption of counterfeit goods in the UK’ and discovered some interesting things. A fairly recent trend is the increasing role influencers play in persuading the public to purchase a large range of goods. Influencers are trusted partners and work their [...]

2024-03-28T12:19:33+00:00April 3rd, 2024|News|

Imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery

Last year, we reported on the battle between the supermarket giants Lidl and Tesco over the large yellow circle used by both as a sign to identify their goods and services (see https://maclachlan.ie/the-case-of-the-yellow-dots-lidl-v-tesco/ ).  Justice Joanna Smith found in favour of Lidl concerning their claims of trade mark infringement, passing off, and copyright infringement. The [...]

2024-03-20T13:46:47+00:00March 20th, 2024|News|

Beware of copying

Following a long legal dispute that spanned 30 years, the High Court has concluded that an Irish company in Monaghan, Montex Holdings ( Montex)  copied the Trade Mark DIESEL owned by the Italian clothing company Diesel SPA ( Diesel ). The dispute concerned who in fact owned the Trade Mark DIESEL. Montex commenced using the [...]

2024-03-06T10:19:01+00:00March 6th, 2024|News|

Webinar with Ballymena Business Centre – 7th March

Cherrie Stewart, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, and Dr. Isabel Meenan, European and Chartered Patent Attorney, are hosting a webinar together with the Ballymena Business Centre, looking at how to protect Intellectual Property Rights. Aimed at entrepreneurs, innovators and SMEs, this seminar will introduce you to some of the actions you can take to safeguard the [...]

2024-02-06T14:45:11+00:00February 6th, 2024|Events|

In the meadow we can build a snowman

Christmas is coming, and there have been hints that snow may appear in certain areas.  That means snowmen!  We thought it would be fun to see what IP may be associated with snowmen to show that Intellectual Property (IP) can be found in every area of life. Patents The snowman has inspired creativity in those [...]

2023-12-21T12:32:01+00:00December 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|

What’s the difference?

As in every other industry, the field of Intellectual Property is full of terminology and jargon which is oftentimes misunderstood.  We frequently receive ‘phone calls asking for advice on how to “copyright” a new invention or “patent” a brand.  Even the term ‘Intellectual Property’ is open to misinterpretation.  So, what is Intellectual Property?   Intellectual [...]

2023-09-21T10:01:11+00:00September 25th, 2023|News|

Master your Business Podcast with Deirdre Martin

Peter MacLachlan, Director and Trade Mark Attorney, joined Deirdre Martin, of Deirdre Martin Consulting on her podcast, "Master your Business".  He discussed the ins and outs of Intellectual Property, speaking in more detail about how a business can protect their trade marks and what advantages this lends. Peter also gave some valuable tips and tricks [...]

2023-07-18T10:53:28+00:00July 18th, 2023|News|

ECTA 2023 – Exploring IP Magic

On Wednesday I jetted off to Prague, the City of Magic, to attend the annual conference of the ECTA organisation, a conference for those working in the field of Trade Marks.  Taking inspiration from the host city, the conference took the theme ‘Exploring IP Magic’ and what a magical conference it was. The tone of [...]

2023-07-03T09:22:13+00:00July 3rd, 2023|Events, News|
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