“Where the bands have the same name”

Most of you would be familiar with the U2 song "Where the Streets Have No Name". Now according to the BBC ( http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-44088403 ), it's a case of "Where the bands have the same name" for Elijah Hewson, son of U2 frontman, Bono.  Hewson is a member of a four piece band called INHALER (INHALER IE) [...]

2018-05-16T13:30:34+00:00May 16th, 2018|News, Publications|

The role of software-based inventions in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

In this post, I would like to discuss a recent EPO report that provides an overview of the major technology trends observed, based on EP patent information, across a range of technology fields associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). More specifically, I would like to discuss the role of software patents in 4IR and the changes [...]

2017-12-18T17:22:03+00:00December 18th, 2017|Publications|

Class Headings and the IP Translator case

Trade Marks are registered in respect of goods and/or services which fall in one or more of 45 classes established through the Offices of WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization) by the Nice Agreement in 1957.  The 10th Addition of the Classification came into force on January 1 2016. Each class has a heading.  For [...]

2016-05-18T14:37:55+00:00May 18th, 2016|Publications|

Getting Ready for a new European Patent System: The Unitary European Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC)

The patent landscape in Europe is set to change dramatically with the introduction of the Unitary European Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC). The various working groups of the UPC Preparatory Committee, together with national patent offices, are continuing to work out details of the rules for Europe’s new patent system, which we expect will [...]

2015-06-04T14:38:24+00:00June 4th, 2015|News, Publications|

Relative grounds examination

The Office for the Harmonization in the Internal Market (the OHIM) will not refuse an application to register a trade mark even if the same trade mark is already registered, unless the owner of the earlier registration successfully opposes the application. Largely as a result of the Community Regulation establishing the European Community system, a [...]

2014-10-31T12:05:09+00:00October 31st, 2014|Publications|

World IP Day 26th April – A look back at the first granted Patents and Trade Marks

As we recently celebrated World Intellectual Property Day, we thought we might investigate the background to the first granted patents and registered trade marks. Patent Firsts UK patent law applied in Ireland until the formation of the Irish Free State in 1921. It was not until the Industrial and Commercial Property (Protection) Act 1927 that [...]

2014-04-28T17:00:54+00:00April 28th, 2014|Publications|

Don’t part company with your name !

Registering your company name, trading name or domain name doesn’t give the same protection as a Trade Mark registration! Have you noticed many companies with the same or similar names? There are several Station House Hotels in Ireland (Clifden, Letterkenny and Kilmessan in Meath) yet they are all independently trading. By registering your brand name [...]

2014-04-25T10:56:40+00:00April 25th, 2014|Publications|

It’s not just a slogan.

During the course of a business meeting held in our offices recently, it became apparent that there was some confusion in relation to the registrability of slogans/taglines as trade marks.  Surprise was expressed at the fact that slogans can in fact be protected as trade marks and that many well known slogans are so registered. [...]

2014-03-20T14:03:30+00:00March 20th, 2014|Publications|

Trade Mark Trip–Ups!

In this article we look at a couple of mistakes brand owners sometimes make when adopting a new trade mark. Failure to search All too often stories hit the headlines of companies adopting trade marks, spending thousands of Euros on packaging, publicity materials and marketing, only to have to re-brand when challenged by the owner [...]

2013-11-28T13:04:21+00:00November 28th, 2013|Publications|

Patent Pitfalls

Before embarking on a new business venture, there are some pitfalls in IP that are avoidable with the right advice. These include:- •Publicly disclosing an innovation before filing a patent application: Making an innovation “available to the public” by launching the product, engaging in any form of non-confidential disclosure e.g. publishing details of the innovation [...]

2013-11-28T13:01:06+00:00November 28th, 2013|Publications|