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Trademark protection in a time of crisis and counterfeiting

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate, several consumers have resorted to bulk-buying everyday products to avoid taking frequent trips to the supermarket. Others have chosen to do their shopping as swiftly as possible, taking the least amount of time, rushing to get back to their homes. As the demand for food and household products [...]

2020-03-31T09:06:13+00:00March 31st, 2020|News|

Who is the real boss?

Trade Mark owners, once they receive their Certificates of Registration, are always advised to police these rights to ensure that these rights are not diluted by a third party using or attempting to register a confusingly similar trade mark. It can be daunting if one receives a cease and desist letter from a larger firm threatening proceedings [...]

2020-03-24T12:12:43+00:00March 24th, 2020|News|

Denis McCarthy elected to Council of European Patent Insitute

MacLachlan & Donaldson are proud to share that Denis McCarthy, Director and European Patent Attorney, has been elected to the Council of the European Patent Institute (epi).  Denis has been a full member of the Council before and we are delighted that he has been elected again by his fellow Irish Patent Attorneys. As described [...]

2020-03-11T08:00:51+00:00March 11th, 2020|News|

Introducing Intellectual Property to students at TU Dublin

Our European Trademark attorneys, Carla MacLachlan and Peter MacLachlan, are delighted to be talking with business and marketing students at TU Dublin Tallaght today at 1pm. Peter MacLachlan         Carla MacLachlan           They will be giving the students an overview of Intellectual Property, with a specific focus on [...]

2020-03-05T09:37:53+00:00March 5th, 2020|Events|

Can ‘Robbie the Robot’ be an Inventor?

The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently issued a decision on its approach to patent applications that designate artificial intelligence (AI) systems as inventors. In January 2020, the EPO published its reasons for refusing two patent applications where the inventor named on the applications was an AI system called “DABUS”. What did DABUS “invent? The [...]

2020-02-27T14:24:12+00:00February 27th, 2020|News|

We are hiring!

We are excited to announce that we are hiring at MacLachlan & Donaldson.  We are actively recruiting both a patent attorney and a trademark attorney. Patent Attorney For the patent attorney role, the candidate should ideally be at PhD-level in a disciple related to Electronics and/or Computer Science.  You should be a qualified or part-qualified [...]

2020-02-20T09:26:31+00:00February 20th, 2020|News|

Ansons at the Northern Ireland Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition

Visit our sister firm Ansons at the Northern Ireland Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition in the Titanic Exhibition Centre.   Our trademark attorney, Cherrie Stewart, and our patent attorney, Isabel Meenan, will be at the exhibition on the 27th February, to help you with any of your queries related to intellectual property. We look [...]

2020-02-13T10:17:14+00:00February 13th, 2020|Events|

Election Slogans – Do they make Good Trade Marks?

As you may or not be aware it is possible to register a slogan as a trade mark. What brought this to mind in the last few days is the fact that we here in Ireland have just had a General Election and unlike many other countries in Europe we do not have many restrictions [...]

2020-02-12T14:54:23+00:00February 12th, 2020|News|

Adopting a new brand – cautionary tales

Brands, often referred to as trade marks, are those signs which identify one company’s products and services from those of their competitors.  They can consist of words, logos, slogans, colours, noises, gestures, smells or a combination of these things.  Brands can be a company’s biggest asset; in 2018 Interbrand valued Apple’s brand at over US$214,480 [...]

2020-02-04T13:32:18+00:00February 4th, 2020|News|

What can you register as a trade mark?

Do you know what you can register as a trade mark?  What makes a good trade mark and how can you try to choose a good one from the beginning of your business endeavours? A trade mark can consist of words, letters, numerals, colours, designs, the shape of goods or of the packaging of goods [...]

2020-01-28T08:00:12+00:00January 28th, 2020|News|