All businesses own potentially valuable Intellectual Property (IP) rights, although many do not realise this. IP rights include: trade marks, which are a signs or symbols used by a trader to distinguish its products or services from those of other tra…
A trade mark identifies you by a symbol, name and/or motto. You build your business and reputation around your brand. What happens when someone tries to take that away?
Esther Kirwan, Sarah Molloy, Lorna Webb, and Isobel Jones are a terrific team! They work well together to solve complicated issues, and offer sound advice concerning the use and registration of marks within the United Kingdom and European community.Legal 500 2019
Clarion stand out as having a very organic, energetic and responsive culture and a less than traditional, refreshingly informal approach to the client.Chambers UK 2019
A fine firm and a good return on investment for clients.Chambers UK 2015
The ‘extremely pragmatic’ team ‘delivers results efficiently’.Legal 500
From brand clearance searches, trade mark applications and trade mark portfolio management, to actions for infringement and passing off; from licensing and distribution agreements to Customs related actions against counterfeiters and parallel importers.
Our strategic advice benefits from our legal and commercial understanding of brand, our creative expertise and our international connections. Wherever you do business our trusted international network of leading trade mark lawyers will be there with you.
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- Clearance searches
- UK and European trade mark applications and registry proceedings
- International trade mark applications and related issues
- Trade mark portfolio management
- Trade mark licensing, distribution and other exploitation arrangements
- Infringement actions and dispute resolution
- Anti-counterfeiting and ‘grey market' goods
Famous street artist Banksy has recently opened a pop-up store in South London, apparently in response to an EU trade mark invalidation action, filed by card manufacturer Full Colour Black (FCB) regarding Banksy’s famous ‘flower bomber’ …
If there’s no company registered at Companies House with the name we want to use, is it ok to use it?
Trade mark infringement on the rise – how to avoid accidental infringement and prevent misuse of your brands
A new research report commissioned by Compumark, a division of Clarivate Analytics, has shed light on the increasing number of trade mark infringement cases. The report shows that an increasing number of businesses suffered trade mark infringement …
McDonald’s EU trade mark for BIG MAC was revoked on 15 January 2019 on grounds of non-use, in response to an application filed by Irish company Supermac.
On 14th January 2019, various changes in trade mark law came into force, with the implementation of the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015.
What does the current EU Withdrawal Agreement mean for owners of EU Trade Marks and Community Designs?
After months of uncertainty, the Cabinet have backed a Draft Agreement for the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
From business and social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, to media sharing platforms such as YouTube, social media offers a host of opportunities for business owners to promote their companies and now forms a key part of many business’ m…
In a landmark ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) this morning, it has been held that the operators of physical marketplaces in the EU, in which third parties are selling counterfeit products, can be forced to put an end to in…
With the north of England’s growing reputation as a leading hub for the creative sector, we have seen a marked uplift in our work advising media agencies about intellectual property (IP) issues around their own brands and their clients’ brands.
While Acorn Stairlifts is well-known as a leader in its field in the UK, most people will probably be surprised to hear that one of the company’s stairlifts is installed somewhere in the world every nine minutes!
A review of the European trade mark system has been undertaken and a European trade mark reform package has been published. Key changes in force from 23rd March 2016 include: Name Changes Revised Trade Mark Application Fees Reduced Trade Mark Renewal…
Under UK patent, design and trade mark law...
Exciting times lie ahead for the textile sector. At one of our previous seminars Allied Textiles, the University of Leeds and the Textile Centre of Excellence shared with the audience the opportunities that are available for growth.
Whether you’re a big fish or a bright new start up, you can expect the same high level of service at Clarion. We are real ‘people people’ and we like to get to know our clients personally from day one.
There are only so many musical notes, chords and riffs in the world, so perhaps not surprisingly there are many copyright infringement lawsuits filed every year in the music industry.
The ASA has shown its determination to stamp out problem advertising, by making its first two referrals to Trading Standards.
You can stand under my umbrella (ella ella), just don’t try to incorporate an image of my face on it.
Barbadian singer Rihanna has recently won a battle with clothing retailer Topshop in relation to T-shirts sold bearing her image.
In 1914, allegedly as a tribute to Queen Victoria, Cadbury introduced its distinctive purple packaging for chocolate bars.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is an independent regulator of advertising in the UK. The work of ASA in the non-broadcast arena is governed by The UK Code of Non-Broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing (CAP Code), the purpos…
Opinion towards intellectual property (IP) in the manufacturing sector diverges. Some understand the value and competitive edge which an IP portfolio can provide, and have an annual budget and clear strategy as to where to target it. Others see investme
Jemma Green, an associate in the intellectual property team at Clarion, has achieved a post graduate legal qualification from Oxford University.
Sue Streatfield has been appointed as a partner within Clarion’s expanding intellectual property (IP) practice, just two years after joining the firm. Clarion has one of the largest teams of specialist IP lawyers in a full service law firm in …
Congratulations to Esther Kirwan who has been promoted to head of our growing intellectual property (IP) practice.
Sue Streatfield has been appointed as a senior associate in our expanding intellectual property (IP) practice which now has the largest team of specialist IP solicitors within a full service law firm in the region.
Clarion in Leeds has successfully represented Falcon Sportswear Limited, a designer and nationwide supplier of school sportswear, following an infringement of its rights by a retailer which was selling counterfeit product among Falcon’s genuine garments.
Working in conjunction with the GrowthAccelerator service, a team of legal and financial advisers from Leeds has supported the set up of a new £1.2m animation business that is expected to create 20 new jobs in Leeds and Crowle, North Lincolnshire.
The Intellectual Property team have helped a new Leeds business to protect itself as it prepares to expand overseas.
Export-focused businesses are reaping the benefits, but intellectual property infringers are trying to cash in.
Alan Halsall, owner of Skipton-based Silver Cross, was the key speaker at a seminar attended by more than 70 senior business leaders, focussing on innovation and the importance of protecting it with robust Intellectual Property.
The strength of Yorkshire’s innovation in manufacturing was recently celebrated at an event in Leeds which brought together some of the region’s leading manufacturing innovators to debate how innovation creates competitive advantage.
The intellectual property team has successfully represented One Electrical Limited, one of the UK’s leading brands in electrical wiring accessories and lighting, in a passing off action against another electrical company.