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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|

How to continue the protection of your trade secrets

Last week we shared information with you about how to identify and protect your trade secrets. This week we want to share more practical steps you can take within your business to increase the chances of confidentiality on trade secrets. To recap, a trade secret is something that is not known or capable of being [...]

2020-01-21T08:00:20+00:00January 21st, 2020|News|

How to protect your trade secrets

Do you know what a trade secret is? Do you know how to go about identifying and protecting your trade secrets?  Read on to find out more about how you can manage these vital assets for your business. Trade secrets are an unregistered form of IP.  There are no records maintained by Intellectual Property Offices. [...]

2020-01-14T08:55:08+00:00January 14th, 2020|News|

A New Year’s resolution suggestion

If you haven't already considered what New Year's resolutions you should be planning and adhering to, we have a suggestion to make. Please remember to consider Intellectual Property (IP) at the start of a project. Don't leave it until you have already made substantial progress, only to discover that there is a problem with the [...]

2020-01-07T11:50:14+00:00January 7th, 2020|News|

What signs identify your brand?

Cheerful tunes blare out of the doorways of every store, a multi coloured array of lights fill the skyline, the image of a large jolly man with a big bushy white beard appears in random places and smells of cinnamon and nutmeg invoke a feeling of warmth and nostalgia – these are the myriad signs, [...]

2019-12-24T08:15:16+00:00December 24th, 2019|News|

Copyright at Christmas

Mariah Carey’s Christmas hit “All I want for Christmas is You” has recently been declared as the most downloaded Christmas song on the streaming service Spotify. It beat such “classics” as Last Christmas by Wham and other traditional hits by Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and Brenda Lee. If this doesn’t amaze the reader I’m sure [...]

2019-12-17T08:49:28+00:00December 17th, 2019|News|