Trademark Watching

Uber causes potential roadblock at Seoul National University

There’s no denying Uber’s role in redefining how we use public transportation. The American vehicle sharing company has made it easier, cheaper and quicker to get from A to B, with no need for prior bookings or cash payments. Having reached global household name status, it now seems as though Uber is trying to protect […]

Michael Jordan slam dunks China trademark case, despite changing laws

Just this month, the news came through that China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) had ruled the names of public figures would not be allowed on trademarks. According to the court, “public figures in fields such as politics, economics, culture, religion and ethnic affairs” would not be allowed to be included in trademarks due to the […]

Trademarking provides surprise boost to global economies

We’re all well aware of just how important it is for businesses to protect their trademarks and intellectual property. What’s much more surprising, however, is just how much of a positive impact the industry is having on economies on a much wider scale. According to a study titled ‘Trademarks in Latin America’ recently published by […]

The essential relationship between trademark law and PR

All businesses want to maintain the reputation of their brands. That’s just basic common sense. However, if the major trademark news stories of 2016 have taught us anything, it’s that PR can play a more important role in brand reputation, in addition to trademark registration and protection. One story from the beginning of the year […]

The Importance of Trademarks – And why they can come at a cost

In 2015, online bathroom specialist Victoriaplum.com reported healthy operating profits of £3.2m, but in 2016 it found itself with a worrying operating loss of £9.1m. Part of this, the company said, was down to the increased administration costs of transforming the business from former name Victoria Plumb to its new, online-specific name Victoriaplum.com.  But a […]