18 03, 2020

I have a trade mark and I want to protect it worldwide. Is that possible?

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There is no unitary worldwide trade mark or indeed worldwide patent system. There are, however, international treaties which enable simultaneous protection in a number of territories. For instance there is a European Union Trade Mark system which covers the 28 member States of the European Union and the Patent Cooperation Treaty under which there [...]

18 03, 2020

What is the difference between the symbols ® and TM ?

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The ® symbol or the word “registered” may only be used once a trade mark has been registered and it is an offence to use that symbol or word in relation to an unregistered trade mark. The TM symbol may be used even though the trade mark has not been registered.

18 03, 2020

I have launched a new product and now I have received a letter from X Limited saying that my trade mark infringes their registered trade mark and that I must stop all further use, withdrawn the product and pay damages

2020-03-18T12:12:18+00:00March 18, 2020||

It is imperative before launching a product under a new brand that a search is conducted through the databases of the trade mark registers of the territories where the product will be used to ensure that a similar trade mark is not already registered. A search through Google or some [...]

18 03, 2020

I have thought of a new method for laying a road surface and I have drawings for a machine for doing it. Can I get a patent?

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Patents are available for technical developments which are new, non-obvious and industrially applicable. Provided that your new method and machine have not been disclosed publicly in any way, and provided that the developments address and overcome a technical problem associated with the prior-known technology, then both the method and machine [...]

18 03, 2020

What are the stages involved in obtaining a patent?

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The first step in the process of obtaining patent protection is to file an application for a patent at the Patent Office. Within 12 months of filing the initial patent application Claims, which define the monopoly sought by the patent, must be added.  The Claims should cover a general area around the example(s) [...]

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