What makes a good trade mark?

The legal definition of a trade mark is any sign, capable of being represented graphically, which can distinguish goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings. A trade mark can be a word, a phase, a symbol, a colour or a combination of these elements, but the question is what makes a [...]

2021-11-03T12:32:34+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

EU Trade Mark Registrations – 2,000,000 and going strong

On 24th August 2021, the number of European Union (EU) trade mark registrations hit 2,000,000. The Community Trade Mark Register was opened on 01st April 1996, with the very first Community Trade Mark Registration being filed by the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Industrielle for the word mark AIPPI.  A registration which [...]

2021-09-08T11:09:20+00:00September 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|

37 years at M&D for Robert Hayes

Robert Hayes marked 37 years at M&D in August this year. He joined MacLachlan & Donaldson in 1984, having graduated from the University of Limerick with an honours degree in Business Studies (Management Services Specialisation). Robert is responsible for M&D’s IT and telecommunications facilities and records management. Robert also has many years of experience in [...]

2021-09-01T12:54:25+00:00September 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Protection for flags and other state emblems

As we have watched the Olympic Games in the last couple of weeks, the flags of each country have been displayed by the athletes representing the various countries and by supporters who wished to show their allegiances.  These flags are akin to a trade mark but, instead of distinguishing the goods of services of one [...]

2021-08-23T11:19:00+00:00August 11th, 2021|News|

30 years at M&D for Carla MacLachlan

We are delighted to announce that Carla MacLachlan, Director and Trade Mark Attorney, has been working at MacLachlan & Donaldson for 30 years now. She began as a trainee Trade Mark Attorney and has worked with the firm to become an expert Trade Mark Attorney with years of experience and a deep expertise in safeguarding [...]

2021-08-04T07:07:04+00:00August 3rd, 2021|News|

Protecting your trade marks in export markets (II)

We previously identified three main routes to Trade Mark protection and today we will look at each of these in more detail. National applications While many countries are members of international agreements which deal with Intellectual Property, these agreements may be interpreted differently leading to different requirements in different jurisdictions.  For example, in some countries, [...]

2021-07-19T08:24:13+00:00July 21st, 2021|News|

Protecting your trade marks in export markets

In an increasingly globalised world, most business owners will be familiar with the prospect of planning an export strategy for their particular product or service.  As part of this, it would be wise to consider Intellectual Property in and amongst the myriad matters to be addressed. M&D will spend some time in the coming months [...]

2021-07-19T08:23:48+00:00July 16th, 2021|News|

High Court grants injunction restraining use of trade mark

The High Court has granted an interlocutory injunction restraining the use of a trade mark that was alleged to infringe the trade mark of a State-owned Airline Company. Ms Justice Nuala Butler considered that the balance of justice favoured granting the injunction. The court had to considered several issues which arose during the proceedings, including [...]

2021-07-07T09:16:08+00:00July 7th, 2021|News|

Cherrie Stewart contributes to CITMA Review

Cherrie Stewart, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in Ansons, part of the M&D group, has recently contributed an insightful article to the CITMA Review on the current situation of Intellectual Property in Northern Ireland.  With the Northern Irish Protocol now in place following the implementation of Brexit, the implications for IP have become ever more complex. [...]

2021-06-29T12:28:53+00:00June 29th, 2021|News, Publications|

Patenting the Covid-19 vaccines

What is a Patent? A patent represents a powerful intellectual property right, and is an exclusive monopoly granted by a statute to an inventor for a limited pre-specified period of time subject to the fair and complete disclosure of the invention. It provides an enforceable legal right which prevents others from copying, making, selling or [...]

2021-05-27T14:25:49+00:00May 27th, 2021|News|
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