What is real
is not external form.”
Recently, we have been working on a rebranding project as IP specialists.
The rebranding process generates a lot of major changes within a company. Starting with vision and mission, company culture, visual identity and last but not least, intellectual property. Because the new name and identity have to accomplish a lot of conditions from availability to avoiding the infringement risks.
Recently we have been working on a similar case for one of our Clients, one of the biggest banks in South Europe. They have decided to rebrand in a completely different style as against their former brand. In this case, our aid concerned in assisting them during the whole process to get sure their new brand is safe in terms of IP protection on territories they already have their business.
Checking the availability of a trademark is not a compulsory requirement, but not doing so is risky. If your trademark or company name is not available, it may be challenged at any time by prior rights owners who may, for example, attack you for infringement or unfair competition and prohibit you from exploiting your trademark.
In general, a trademark is available when it does not reproduce or imitate a sign that has a prior right in the same field of activity. If your trademark is not available, it may be challenged at any time by the owners of these rights. This may be a trademark already registered, a well known but not registered trademark (“well-known trademark”), a corporate name, a domain name.
It may also concern a copyright, a right of personality, a right to the name or image, the reputation of a local authority, or even the geographical name constituting a protected geographical indication (PGI) or a designation original.
Between August and September 2020, we faced a fairly common issue in the world of intellectual property. We have identified a similar trademark to that of one of our clients. The next step was contacting and starting the negotiation procedure with the opposing party in order to waive the protection of one of the classes, ( learn more )
Although many famous slogans enjoy incredible success, many others face the barrier of not being able to be registered. What could be the main reason why a short series of words cannot be registered? What is the definition of a slogan? Before finding out the reasons why certain slogans cannot be registered, we need to ( learn more )
The internet’s boundless borders have paved the way for small businesses to become international. Businesses that operate online also maintain multiple platforms of operation, including a website and social media accounts, and thereby increasing visibility and access to both consumers and potential brand abusers alike. Having brand protection that spans borders and countries is becoming ( learn more )