Trade marks

Lawyers are necessary shock

Thanks to Kevin O’Keefe for pointing us to the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision that Martindale-Hubbell’s domain name is not sufficiently distinctive to qualify as a trade mark, saying: For better or worse, lawyers are necessarily an integral part of the information exchange about legal services. See TTABlog for details.

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Intellectual Property: Online market for second hand trade marks

The Trademark Catalogue has gone live, providing an online market for brand owners to buy and sell trade mark rights over the internet. The aim of the service is to enable the owners of dormant trade marks and associated domain names to sell their rights efficiently and safely and save potential buyers the cost and […]

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Internet: Trade mark not abused by meta tag and search ads

The Court of Appeal ruled on 3 March that recruitment site had not infringed a trade mark that had been used as a meta tag in the source code of totaljobs’ web site and in paid adverts on search engines. Recruitment agency Reed Executive plc sued publishers Reed Business Information Ltd and others (including […]

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