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The Madrid Protocol enters into force in Brazil

 On July 3, 2019, Brazil sent to World Intellectual Property Organization their accession document to the Madrid protocol governing international trademark registrations.Three months later, the protocol is now entering into force in Brazil, which will facilitate the filing of trademark applications in Brazil for foreign applicants from other Madrid protocol signatories, as well as enable Brazilian trademark owners to extend their home registrations abroad using a single application.With ...

Trademarks after BREXIT – protecting your trademark in the United Kingdom

BREXIT has left the world and especially Europe in an uncomfortable stand-by. While the months pass, the number of questions and theories of how, what, and when only increase. Deal, no deal, hard BREXIT or soft BREXIT, even the possibility of a second referendum now seems to be an option, although remote. However, when it comes to trademarks and industrial designs in a post BREXIT era, how they would be handled in the worst-case scenario of a no deal hard BREXIT now seems to be clear.Presentl...

How to Register Your Brand Internationally

 If due to the nature or size of your business you operate at a global level with a presence in nearly all of the countries in the world, you’re probably looking for ways to protect your intangible assets in those countries. Maybe you’ve asked yourself if it is possible to register a brand internationally, granting you protection for your products or services all over the world. Unfortunately, the answer is no, although there are some regional agreements that give an extended protection ...

Why Do a Trademark Search?

A trademark search, also known as a trademark assessment report allows you to know beforehand the probabilities a trademark has of being successfully registered. Before you go ahead and invest your money registering a trademark, knowing the probabilities the trademark has of actually being registered will allow you to save time and money by not proceeding with a trademark registration that has little to no chance of registering.What is a trademark search report?A trademark search report is a ...

The European Parliament Approves Copyright Directive

After years of back and forth, the European Parliament, finally approved Directive 2016/0280 (COD) on Copyright in the Digital Single Market with 438 votes for and 226 against. The directive aims to ‘’reduce the differences in national copyright law regimes and allow for greater online access of copyrighted materials across the European Union.’’ The development of digital technology has significantly disrupted the way intellectual property and other protected subject matter are created, ...

Mistakes You Can't Afford With Your Business Trademark

So, you've finally come up with the perfect name for your company. However, this doesn't mean you can just start using it without filing for a business trademark first. Not only will this help you to avoid the potentially enormous expense of a lawsuit, but it will also help to protect your intellectual property.  In fact, your business trademark can often end up becoming one of the most valuable parts of your company. No one, not even celebrities, is immune from the numero...

How to Do A Trademark Search

So you're finally going to take the leap and start that business you've been dreaming of. Great!You have selected the perfect name for your product, but before you start using it, you will need to secure a trademark to protect your name. There are a few other steps to take. Read on to find out how to do a trademark search, and other important information about trademarks. What You Need to Know About How to Do A Trademark SearchWhat Is A Trademark?First, you should understand exactly...

5 Common Legal Business Mistakes to Avoid

There are several legal issues to consider when running a small to medium size business. Discover the 5 common legal business mistakes to avoid here.Business owners are busy. You're trying to keep multiple balls in the air each day, and you're probably thinking about ways to grow your business. But if you're making one of these legal business mistakes, you could be in trouble. Don't Make These Business MistakesWe all make mistakes. But when it comes to the legalities of business, you sim...

Do I Need a Trademark? 10 Things You Should Know

You may be asking yourself do I need a trademark? We've got your know all guide so you can get the answers you need to know. Read on to learn more. Whether you’re starting a business, expanding your product line, or rebranding, it’s important to ask yourself — do I need a trademark for my business? There are a lot of factors to consider. As with any other intellectual property matter, it’s always good to check off all the boxes before going through the process or deciding it’s not n...

Can I Get An American Trademark If I'm Not From The U.S.?

 There are many certainly many questions which come into your when you are planning to register your trademark worldwide. One of them can be: Can I get an American trademark if I am not an American citizen? Read this article to find out.If you are a business owner from outside the U.S., but you are doing business there or planning to do, you're in competition with U.S. companies, and therefore, you should register your trademark as well as your logo, slogan or design you are using in the...