Intellectual Property Clearance Searches
It is important to ensure that any use of a new business name, brand, product or logo is not going to infringe the legal rights of a third party. Failure to do so can lead to expensive and embarrassing rebranding, and so an appropriate search programme is vital.
Similarly new inventions need to avoid infringing existing patents and so prior art searching is advisiable. We work closely with some of the world’s leading brandowners and branding agencies to help steer them through this potential minefield. We are able to conduct searches both UK and internationally.
Our services include:
- trade mark searches
- company name searches
- domain name searches
- advertising strapline searches
- common law searches for unregistered rights
- design searches
- patent prior art searching
All hands on deck as creative industries and search engines tackle online piracy23 June 2016
The UK Government, through the UKIPO, Ofcom and DMCS, has helped broker an agreement between Google, Bing, the BPI and Motion Picture Association over a new voluntary code of practice.
Playing with fire: user-generated content on Twitter22 June 2016
The strange world of Twitter, where brands engage with their customers at their peril. The main lesson learned from the recent #WalkersWave Twitter promotion is one that brands have heard before: the British public love nothing more than a piss-take.
Get me a #covfefe22 June 2016
In case you missed it, the 45th President of the United States recently took his habit of late night tweeting to a new low. Presumably meaning to rail against the ‘mainstream media’ coverage, Trump instead complained of “negative press covfefe” and trailed off mid-sentence. Cue ridicule and the hashtag #covfefe trending on Twitter.