Trade Mark protection during tough economic times

The coronavirus pandemic has had a great impact on the economy and businesses around the world bringing budget discussions to the forefront. In such tough times, one must not neglect Intellectual Property (IP) assets and their protection to focus on other tangible assets. Businesses will undoubtedly be cutting costs and stopping unnecessary spending, however it [...]

2020-06-03T11:21:37+00:00June 3rd, 2020|News|

Trademarking a pandemic

Since February, several people have rushed to register trade marks for ‘COVID’ and ‘CORONA’ internationally. In fact, it is not unusual for global events to trigger trade mark applications. Applicants may seek to take advantage of a dire situation to secure exclusive rights over current buzz-words, in this case, profiting from the pandemic. Several such [...]

2020-04-29T08:00:58+00:00April 29th, 2020|News|

Intellectual property and climate change

Intellectual Property (IP) rights and the environment have been put in the limelight, being the chosen topic for this year’s World IP Day. The theme this year is ‘innovate for  green future’. We already discussed how trade marks can support sustainability, and now will take a closer look at the issue of IP and climate [...]

2020-04-24T08:00:13+00:00April 24th, 2020|News|

Trade marks and environmental sustainability

In celebration of World IP Day 2020, 26th April, M&D are focusing our news posts this week on green and sustainable topics in support of the theme "Innovate for a Green Future" To embrace a green future is a modern-day challenge in which we all play a role in attaining. Green businesses, technologies, products and [...]

2020-04-22T11:37:14+00:00April 22nd, 2020|News|

Trade mark use in text

At M&D and Ansons, we advise clients on a variety of issues regarding the use of registered trade marks. One of the issues that we discuss frequently is the use of registered trade marks in text, in order to ensure that they are being correctly used. The following are some general guidelines we often share [...]

2020-04-14T11:28:43+00:00April 14th, 2020|News|

Misleading invoice alert regarding fake EUIPO decisions

MacLachlan & Donaldson would like to alert all clients and associates to the latest alert from the EUIPO. There is currently a new misleading invoice in circulation, which takes the form of a fake EUIPO decision. We would urge all users of the EUIPO to be vigilant about any communication regarding decisions and payments which [...]

2020-04-07T19:13:08+00:00April 7th, 2020|News|

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|

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|