It’s like milk, but made for humans

Assessing a slogan’s distinctiveness is difficult. After a long battle, Oatly managed to register slogan “It’s like milk, but made for humans” in the EU. Find out why this was accepted.

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Trademark lifecycle

Coming up with a good name is one of the most important tasks for a name company. It is also often very difficult. Here’s a simple roadmap of trademark’s lifecycle.

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How to assess a trademark’s descriptiveness

A trademark cannot be registered if it describes the product or services. Descriptive marks are non-distinctive. Assessing descriptiveness can sometimes be difficult. Often companies think that descriptiveness is a narrow concept. For example, “Tasty” would obviously describe a chocolate product, or “Beefy” a meat product, but beyond these very simple and straightforward examples there are […]

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How to protect your blog’s name as a trademark?

It has been estimated that there are over 500 million blogs. Many of them have large readerships and tremendous commercial value. Like any other services, blogs can be protected with trademarks. Protecting the blog’s name as a trademark brings many benefits. For example, if you protect the name, you may be able to prevent others […]

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Defensive trademark registrations in the EU

Sometimes big companies register trademarks that they do not use or intend to use. The logic is that by doing that, they can enhance the protection their brand has. Is it allowed? What are the risks? Can it be done? What are defensive registrations? Defensive trademarks have two main types. The first type is registering […]

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How to register a descriptive name as a trademark?

It is generally not possible to get exclusive rights to a descriptive name. If the trademark is descriptive, it is not distinctive and cannot be registered (unless it has acquired distinctiveness through use). What are descriptive names? Descriptive names are names that somehow describe the products or services in question, especially: kind (type of goods […]

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Messi turns EU’s top judges into giggling fanboys

Messi turns EU’s top judges into giggling fanboys Lionel Messi has just won an important case in the Court of Justice of the European Union. By accepting Messi’s appeal, the judges ignored well established legal principles, rolled out a red carpet and confirmed that his trademark can be registered despite prior registration. The case itself […]

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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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