The Irish Woman Wasn’t Irish After All

The EUIPO Grand Board of Appeal handed down its decision on April 2020 on an appeal against a declaration of invalidity of a registration for a device mark with the wording ‘La Irlandesa’, shown below. The Board of Appeal held that the mark was deceptive and in bad faith according to Articles 7(1)(g) and 59(1)(b) [...]

2020-10-19T13:57:27+00:00August 18th, 2020|News|

Protect your trade marks, protect your brand, protect your business!

I enjoy baked beans; on toast, on a baked potato with cheese, with an Ulster fry (I know, sacrilege), in a toastie, and in a myriad of other ways.  But they have got to be Heinz baked beans.  I’ve tried other brands of baked beans but they are just not the same.  When I go [...]

2020-10-19T13:58:11+00:00July 9th, 2020|News|

5 steps to identifying your Intellectual Property

We have been running a series of webinars on the basics of Intellectual Property ('IP') over the past three months here at M&D, and we will round out the series by looking at Design and Copyright in September. In order to help you, we have summarised the key points on the fundamentals of IP in [...]

2020-10-19T14:01:47+00:00July 2nd, 2020|News|

Sky v Skykick – the most important trade mark case in EU in recent years

The Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) handed down its eagerly awaited judgement of Case C-371/18 Sky plc et. -v- SkyKick UK Ltd et., on 29th January 2020. In this judgement, the CJEU addressed a number of key issues, namely: the use of specifications covering broad terms such as 'computer software' and whether an [...]

2020-10-19T14:08:45+00:00June 16th, 2020|News|

The What, Where, When, Why and How of Trade Marks – Lunchtime Webinar

We are delighted to announce the next in our lunchtime webinar series.  Join our experienced trade mark attorneys Cherrie Stewart and Carla MacLachlan in discussing the basics of trade mark protection. To understand how you should protect your trade mark and how to ensure your business makes best use of your valuable intellectual property, join [...]

2020-10-19T14:11:47+00:00June 11th, 2020|Events|

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 [...]

2020-10-19T14:17:05+00:00June 3rd, 2020|News|

Intellectual Property Lunchtime Webinar Series

MacLachlan & Donaldson, together with sister firm Ansons, are delighted to present a series of lunchtime webinars introducing the basics of Intellectual Property. Our experience patent and trademark attorneys will look at the what, why, when, where and how of both patents and trademarks, highlighting the key issues in understanding these intangible assets and how [...]

2020-10-19T14:19:06+00:00May 27th, 2020|Events|

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 [...]

2020-10-19T14:22:24+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 [...]

2020-10-19T14:25:26+00:00April 24th, 2020|News|

Trade Marks & 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 [...]

2020-10-19T14:30:30+00:00April 22nd, 2020|News|
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