What is real
is not external form.”
As of July 2018, we are handling a case regarding the banking industry. Our client is a private equity US firm which has completed the acquisition of a subsidiary bank from a giant group in this field.
They intend to rebrand the business and step by step to reach the objective to strengthen the Eastern Europe banking sector. We are assisting them in this process of rebranding by providing support and consultancy on issues such as trademark availability searches and trademark application fillings.
In a process of rebranding you get at that point where you need to register your trademark. Until it is registered, your desired wording or design is not a trademark yet, but only an idea. Although it may seem the best fir for your business, you first have to check if it is available.
Trademark application fillings
Registering a trademark requires following a number of steps. Once you are sure your trademark does not conflict with other preexisting IP assets, you can apply for the specific registration, by abiding to the formalities provided by the law of the respective country in which you wish to proceed with the registration. The application fillings are to be addressed to the institution operating in the respective jurisdiction.
We are currently dealing with a really interesting case where our client, a top company in the field of food supplements, owned by an investment fund from UK, is in the position of not being able to market products on the Bulgarian market due to a local firm which so far has not been interested ( learn more )
Shortly after the Brexit vote, its effects on the UKIPO (UK Intellectual Property Office) and EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) started to be noticed. The impact is going to be even bigger on some EU IP rights once the Brexit will actually be enforced, only if by that time no other arrangements will be ( learn more )
Wide known fact: When an owner has a pending trademark application is entitled to market goods and services bearing the brand that is still to be registered. However, he can meet the situation in which the registration could not go smoothly. For instance, if conflicts are arising with earlier marks, then the brand might not ( learn more )