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News and Events 2017

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                                                                                                                             08 March 2017


We have previously warned of a proliferation of unwarranted notices or invoices being sent to the owners of trade mark applications / registrations.  These notices may suggest that your trade mark has been accepted for registration, is due for renewal or should be published in their publication and request payment of a fee.  These requests usually take the form of an official looking invoice or letter which is sent out after the filing or publication of the application, or when a trade mark registration is due for renewal, and will usually include details of a genuine application or registration.


The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has now issued a notice alerting businesses to a new domain name fraud which involves an organisation claiming to be the “Trade Marks Intellectual Property Office” telephoning businesses with the aim of scaring them into buying domain names and then sending a follow up invoice.  This is a scam.


The UKIPO advises that such calls be reported to Action Fraud.  Action Fraud is the online reporting portal for all instances of alleged fraud affecting UK citizens and businesses


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ansons for advice.


Election news

                                                                                                  19 April 2017


Congratulations to Denis McCarthy who was re-elected to the EPI Council, which organisation is the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office.


This is Denis’ 24th year on the Council and he topped the poll among the Irish candidates.

Denis McCarthy

All Ireland Business Summit

                                                                                                                                19 April 2017


Peter MacLachlan attended the All Ireland Business Summit on April 6 2017. The  chairperson was former Dragon’s Den panelist, Bobby Kerr, of Insomnia Coffee.  The conference was a great opportunity to meet the “movers and shakers” of Irish business.

CITMA's Annual Conference

                                                                                                                                19 April 2017


Ansons’ trade mark attorneys were recently sharpening their skills and accumulating knowledge by attending the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.  Trade Mark Attorneys, Cherrie Stewart and Peter MacLachlan, were able to meet with colleagues from all around the globe and to learn of changes and developments in national trade mark law and practise and how it may affect our clients.  Seminars ranged from the ever present topic of BREXIT to a possible new way of protecting your trade marks in the Middle East and a look at how the owner of one famous brand protect and enforce their trade marks.  

INTA Conference in Barcelona

                                                                                                                              11 May 2017


According to the INTA’s website, the INTA Annual Meeting continues to grow and over 10,000 delegates from the global IP community will be attending. The website goes on to say:


“For the 2017 Annual Meeting, attendees include brand management professionals, C-level executives, general counsel, government officials from IP offices and customs agencies, IP economists, academics, media, judges, trademark and other intellectual property professionals from around the world. This year’s meeting features not only the largest and most diverse group of attendees, but also programming that covers a wide array of trademark and brand related topics”.


Among the attendees will be Peter MacLachlan from our Dublin office. This is Peter’s fifth time attending the Annual Meeting, which is usually held in the United States and he is looking forward to meeting his  IP colleagues from across the globe to discuss the latest IP developments and to renew old acquaintances.

Cherrie Stewart and Nikolaos Minas of Ansons are thrilled to be conducting a Masterclass in Intellectual Property at the Innovation Factory.  


This masterclass aims to explore the different types of Intellectual Property which encompasses, among other things, patents, trade marks, designs and copyright and aims to inform the attendees of the importance of identifying and protecting these, oftentimes lucrative but intangible, assets and how best to go about it, as well as highlighting the danger of infringing third party rights.


Over the course of this intensive workshop you will gain;

      •       An understanding of what Intellectual property is.

      •       An understanding of what Intellectual Property you / your company may hold.

      •       An understanding of what you need to do to protect your Intellectual Property.

      •       An awareness of the Intellectual Property of others.



Click here for more information and to book your place. For more information click here

Ansons is continuing to make local businesses aware of Intellectual Property, their own and that of other businesses.  Trade Mark Attorney, Cherrie Stewart has been invited to 9:15 Biznet at Antrim  Enterprise Centre to speak to local start-ups and SME's about the "Essentials of Intellectual Property"

Essentials of Intellectual Property at 9:15 Biznet