Showing posts from August, 2020

Trademark Registration dispute over Keep Calm and Carry On

   WE NEED YOU! Join us to fight for the right of UK businesses to use the much loved slogan ‘KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON’ When  ‘KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON’  was used by the British Government in 1939, Britain was facing a possible invasion. Today, we are seeing the long arm of Europe encroaching on our national heritage again. The EU has granted an EU Community Trade Mark to  ‘KEEP CALM AND  CARRY ON’  meaning that only one company may use the slogan for  clothing, mugs, posters and other memorabilia. This could potentially put  many companies out of business. This is wrong and we do not believe it would have been accepted by the UK Trade Mark Registry for the following reasons: ‘KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON’  is part of the UK’s national heritage, first being used in 1939 on government posters to strengthen morale in the face of a possible German invasion Prior to the trade mark being registered, many businesses used  ‘KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON’  as decoration on a wide variety of goods This means th

Counterfeiters can be jailed

A family run clothing manufacturing business in Leicester was sentenced to jail and made to repay earnings made of manufacturing counterfeit clothing, covering 27 trade marks, which include those of Hugo Boss, Nike and Lacoste. The family admitted to offences under the 1994 Trade Marks Act and were prosecuted by Trading Standards. The repayment of sums amounts to £70,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.   If you own an intellectual property right such as a trade mark, copyright, design or patent, then others cannot manufacture, use, sell or import it without your prior permission. If you detect a potential counterfeit or infringement case relating to your rights, we can assist you in review of the facts and setting out a strategy. Trading Standards are less likely to act now due to budget constraints, but action can be taken by us working with other parties and the police.  If you are interested in this, please do not hesitate to contact us .