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CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI

How a simple phrase can prevent your trademark to be registered

06.03.2019


Our experience and years of practice thought us that, although the interest of our clients and the purpose of our services is the same, the way to deliverance can be spurred with different problems, and the methods of solving them are often diverse.

Context. Our client, an important European producer of materials in the transport field, wishes to register three new international trademarks. Therefore, we filed applications for registration at the Federal Intellectual Property Institute in Switzerland.

Issue. Following the submission of the applications, we received from the examiners of the institute a provisional refusal for each of the three marks. The reason why these notices were issued was that some services in class 40, where our client’s services would fit, were not correctly formulated and can not be accepted. In the examiner’s appreciation, the terms ‘custom manufacturing of tools for others’ and ‘custom manufacturing’ were considered not acceptable services according to the Nice classification.

Solution. To overcome these refusals, we sent an argumentedreply to the Federal Intellectual Property Institute in Switzerland, which proposes replacing the above-mentioned terms with the following complex phrase, which includes the both services described by them and provided by our client: custom manufacturing of products, including metallic materials / metal tools on demand and according to the requirements indicated by the customer or according to his specifications.

25.09.2020

Through similarity we found the difference

Lately, we’ve been working on a case which has proven to be quite difficult. After receiving a refusal for one of the trademarks we administer, because of the similarity to a previous trademark, we have still managed to pass the mark towards publication by pointing out certain aspects such as: the existence of a very ( learn more )

18.09.2020

Class down, trademark up

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 )

24.08.2020

The link between tea and religion? Trademark

Lately, we have worked on a refusal notice to help our client, a key player in the tea and agricultural products industry, in terms of preparing a strategy to get a trademark registered. In this regard, we are currently looking for arguments and trying to prove that the term underlying the name of this business ( learn more )