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Today's the day — OHIM introduces changes to the trade mark application processToday's the day — OHIM introduces changes to the trade mark application process

» Posted on: 1 October 2014

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Quite apart from the other exciting changes on the protection of intellectual property rights which came into force today, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (“OHIM”) has chosen today as the day to implement its new practice of objecting to terms in trade mark applications that are deemed too broad or too vague and which lack the required clarity and precision.

From now on, and in line with the approach currently adopted on the filing of Community Trade Mark applications, OHIM will examine applications for international registrations designated in the European Union for vague terms and will object to applications where the description of goods and services is not sufficiently clear and precise for the scope of protection to be understood from its natural and usual meaning, which all goes to reinforce the need to take expert advice when making trademark applications.

Taylors' Intellectual Property team, led by Tony Catterall, is recognised nationally and internationally for its expertise and experience in protecting and enforcing the rights of designers, particularly in the textiles, fashion and home furnishings sectors. It has won many notable and key cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court against major corporates. Taylors is the only North West-based firm to have been appointed as a Legal Affiliate to the national organisation, Anti-Copying in Design (ACID).

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Tony Catterall, Head of our Intellectual Property team, on 0844 8000 263 or via email tony.catterall@taylors.co.uk.

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