Trademark Law Blogs & News from Trademark Lawyers, Trademark Attorneys, law firms, students and experts in this area (UK, US and beyond).
In the UK, trade mark law gives protection for the use of UK trade marks. For business purposes, trade marks (known as ‘trademarks’ in the US) provide businesses or products an identity that can’t be copied or imitated by competitors.
Trade marks can exist in many forms, such as names, phrases, logos, designs, images, sounds, signatures, shapes and more, and indeed as combinations of these.
Governed by the Trade Marks Act 1994 in the UK, trade marks can be registered through the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). If the UKPO grants the registration of the trade mark, the trade mark owner is granted various exclusive rights, particularly that of preventing the unauthorised use of the mark on identical or similar products.
For further reading, including discussion of the history behind trade marks, dating back to Roman swords, see Wikipedia here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark.
If looking to register a trade mark or otherwise protect or enforce your IP, contact a trade mark attorney or IP lawyer. The following legal blogs (blawgs) below also provide useful information regarding trade mark (trademark) protection and enforcement globally.