What is real
is not external form.”
Trademarks are often used by many “good faith” companies, but once a business grows, there is a risk of trademark infringement. Let’s see how such a situation could be avoided.
We recently managed to negotiate a coexistence agreement for one of our French customers that offers an innovative technological solution for the global medical industry.
We have observed that the brand of our customers is used identically by a German company with more or less the same field of activity, so we managed to negotiate a coexistence agreement for both brands.
The purpose of such an agreement is that brands are often used by several companies, but the absence of a formal agreement does not undermine the companies that use the brand as they are in different parts of the world.
However, as businesses grow, both parties may have substantial rights to use the mark. In some cases, companies that develop and use the same or a similar brand generally enter into a coexistence agreement in order to avoid the use of the trademark in an undesirable or counterfeit manner.
Coexistence agreements can offer practical solutions to companies who fear being sued for trademark infringement, as proactive agreements can avoid the high costs of litigation.
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 )
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 ( 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 )