7 things US companies should know about EU trademarks

Trademark substance and processes are very similar in every country. The basics don’t change very much. However, there are many differences between the systems that applicant’s should know. Here are seven important and practical things a US company should know about EU trademarks. 1. It’s all or nothing There are 28 countries (27 after Brexit) […]

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Cancelled BIG MAC trademark – where’s the beef?

EUIPO’s cancellation division decided last week that McDonald’s EU trademark was revoked due to non-use. According to trademark law, if a registered trademark is not used for five years, it can be cancelled for non-use. The reason for this rule is to make sure trademark registers are not clogged with trademarks that are not being […]

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What is an “international trademark”

The basic concept ​The basic concept is relatively simple. A trademark applicant submits a request for international registration of his trademark to World Intetellectual Property Organization, known as WIPO. WIPO will then forward that single application to all those countries that the applicant has “designated” in the request. So one application goes from WIPO to […]

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Companies that protect trademarks early on experience higher growth

When Coca-Cola filed their first trademark application on 14 May 1892, they had just barely been incorporated as a company. Fast forward a century and they are one of the world’s most famous brands. According to a new study published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), “firms that file in their first year […]

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4 common objections to filing a trademark application

Many companies think that registering a trademark is not important. Here are four reasons we hear the most. Reason 1 – We’re too small and it’s too early. Many companies think that trademarks are relevant when the brand is already big and valuable, or that since they have start started, it is not something that […]

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Essential Trademark Glossary – most important trademark terms explained

Trademark terms can be difficult to understand. Here are about 40 most important terms explained in a simple non-legal manner. Absolute grounds for refusal A trademark must fulfil some basic “absolute” criteria to be accepted. The first is that it contains something that can be registered as a trademark, i.e. a word, logo, slogan, sound, […]

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How to dramatically reduce your trademark costs

Your trademarks are your commercial identity, that’s how your clients can distinguish your products and services from everybody else’s. When creating a brand, there are several ways to reduce trademarking costs. Here’s 6 of them. 1. Focus only on one brand Building and protecting one brand is naturally cheaper than building multiple brands. For some […]

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3 important differences between US and EU trademarks

Trademark laws and processes are surprisingly similar in most most countries. That being said, there are also many differences between different countries. Here’s three things how US and EU trademarks differ. 1. The importance of use The main difference between EU and US systems is that actual use of the trademark is very important in […]

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5 things every company should now about EU trademarks

For most companies EU trademark is the best way to get their brand protected within EU. Here’s 5 practical things to know about EU trademarks. 1. They’re great, but not without downsides The obvious advantage of an EU trademark is that with one registration it is possible to cover 28 countries and a market of […]

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