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.
A large part of our team has been present at the most important IP-event held this year in Boston, in May 2019. Our colleagues have met several partners and colleagues. They have also negotiated, during face-to-face meetings, key aspects of pending deals in the name of our clients. It was also another year when our ( learn more )
Among our recent large mandates, we are proud to count the IP due-diligence performed in the name of a famous US investment-fund, who just bought a network of private clinics in Eastern-Europe. The focus is not only on the brand itself, but also on additional good-will which can be captured through several assets including websites, ( learn more )
We represent an important Swiss company in the FMCG industry, in relation to a foreign patent extended to Europe. Our task is to help them in preparing the file able to stop the expansion of the patent to Europe. The difficulty resides in the need to find earlier public documentation, a soft-skill necessary in this ( learn more )