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What brand do you think of when you see this sign? In 2020 Tesco adopted the sign of a solid yellow circle on a blue background to identify their Clubcard price promotions. Lidl, who has used a yellow dot ringed in red on a blue background, i.e.,  since around 1987 and have a number of [...]

2023-04-20T12:27:53+00:00April 20th, 2023|News|

CITMA Spring Conference 2023

I had the great pleasure and opportunity to attend, along with my colleague Cherrie Stewart, the annual spring meeting of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys on March 16, 2023, which was held in London in the beautiful Waldorf hotel. The theme of the conference was "Strategies for Success" and attendees heard various interesting [...]

2023-03-30T11:18:28+00:00March 30th, 2023|Events, News|

Following in the Footsteps of Female Inventors

I wonder if you know the names, Nancy Johnson, Maria Beasley or Henrietta Vansittart.  Possibly not, but these are women who were innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs at a time when women were expected to stay at home and keep house.  They all lived in the 19th century and were trailblazers in a time when the [...]

2023-03-08T09:51:17+00:00March 8th, 2023|News|

Spoiled by War – Cherrie Stewart in the CITMA Review

As the Russia-Ukraine War reaches the undesired milestone of one year and with no end in sight, it is timely to look at an article our Belfast-based Trade Mark Attorney Cherrie Stewart wrote, looking at the fate of IP in troubled times. “This article was first published in the November 2022 issue of CITMA Review, [...]

2023-02-24T12:14:51+00:00February 24th, 2023|Uncategorized|

An Update on the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court

Germany has ratified the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court The anticipated German Ratification of the UPC Agreement has finally taken place after the German government deposited its instrument of ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court with the Council of the European Union, thus triggering the start of the sunrise period on [...]

2023-02-24T08:42:12+00:00February 23rd, 2023|News|

Intellectual Property – The value of an intangible asset

Tesco purchases Paperchase IP The stationery company Paperchase has gone into administration and it has been reported that Tesco, while not interested in buying the bricks-and-mortar business, is purchasing the brand and the Intellectual Property (IP) which is intangible. Intellectual Property can refer to many different things.  Trade marks are those signs which distinguish a [...]

2023-02-01T10:11:25+00:00February 1st, 2023|Uncategorized|

Your IP in 2023

If you are not sure what you need to put in your budgets to make sure that your IP is secure, please contact us on mail@maclachlan.ie. We can consult with you to establish the best strategy for you to secure your IP, whether that be trade marks, designs, patents or a combination of them all. [...]

2023-01-30T11:01:00+00:00January 30th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Are you aware of the dangers of counterfeit goods?

Many years ago, while looking for a Christmas gift for my husband, I came across an offer on the Internet for a set of DVDs containing one of his favourite comedy shows.  I placed the order and, as Christmas drew near, I eagerly anticipated the reaction this gift would get.  Finally, the gift arrived but [...]

2023-01-09T14:41:16+00:00January 9th, 2023|News|
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