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 ).  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|

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|

Counterfeiting Crisis

The War against Counterfeit Goods The war against counterfeit goods rages on with Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), i.e., patents, designs, trade marks and designs, etc., being a major weapon in the fight against the spread of these damaging goods. The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has recently released the results of a survey concerning [...]

2023-06-22T07:50:33+00:00June 16th, 2023|News|

3 questions to ask BEFORE branding or re-branding

If you are considering what signs should be used to identify your new product or you have decided to re-brand, you will want to ensure that your products stand out in the marketplace and one way of doing that is to adopt unique signs as indicators of your brand, i.e., a trade mark. A trade [...]

2023-05-31T10:44:57+00:00May 31st, 2023|News|

World IP Day 2023 – Celebrating Women in IP

This year, World Intellectual Property Day celebrates talented female inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs, and their contributions to improving our lives. Women in all regions are shaping the world through their imagination, ingenuity and hard work, but often face significant challenges in accessing the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to thrive. As part of [...]

2023-04-27T16:27:03+00:00April 27th, 2023|News|

World IP Day 2023

This year World IP day celebrates the  “can do” attitude of women inventors, creators and entrepreneurs around the world and their ground-breaking work. Some of the most famous woman inventors are, to name but a few, - Josephine Cochrane, Maria Beasley and Grace Hopper. American inventor Josephine Cochrane invented the idea of a mechanical dishwasher [...]

2023-04-26T11:14:02+00:00April 26th, 2023|News|
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