EU passes new law on geographical indicatiors

April 8, 2024By Mark SmithGeographical Inicators, Trade Marks

On 26 March 2024, the European Council adopted a new regulation on geographical indicators (“GI”) for agricultural products, wines, and spirits. Geographical indicators, sometimes also known as “protected designations of origin” confer rights that are not dissimilar to ordinary trade mark rights in the name of a place or region as it related to and insamuch … Read More

EU trade mark registrations no longer cover Jersey (and haven’t for quite some time)

April 4, 2024By Mark SmithBrexit, Trade Marks

For the uninitiated, Jersey (formally “The Bailiwick of Jersey”) is a self-governing, British Crown Dependency (located just off the coast of France) with its own parliament and laws. Trade mark holders have long been able to obtain Jersey-specific trade mark rights via extension (or “re-registration”) of an already existing UK trade mark right registered nationally … Read More

New Rules Require UK Address for Service in Trade Mark and Design Matters

January 30, 2023By Mark SmithBrexit, Registered Designs, Trade Marks

There are two main scenarios in which UK pending or registered design and trade mark rights held by non-UK applicants or proprietors might not have a UK address for service (“AFS”) or representative. They are: UK rights filed and secured through the Madrid Protocol (trade marks) or Hague Convention (registered designs); and Registered trade mark … Read More

How Do You Value Intellectual Property?

November 19, 2021By Mark SmithIP Valuation

There are three methods widely accepted as best practice for quantifying the value of intellectual property or intangible assets: cost approach – intellectual property is valued at the historic cost of development; market approach – intangible asset value is extrapolated from similar or equivalent sale transactions that are a matter of public record (much as … Read More

Beware of “Stern, Young & Partners”

September 7, 2021By Mark SmithTrade Marks

UK trade mark owners should be very wary of renewal “invitations” sent by a party trading as “Stern, Young & Partners”. Trade mark registrations become eligible for renewal six months before the deadline (which falls every 10 years on the anniversary of the application date). Typically, “Stern, Young & Partners” will remind owners of the … Read More

Harrison IP has a French Office

September 15, 2020By Mark SmithBrexit, Trade Marks No Comments

With a no deal Brexit at the end of the current transition period now a distinct possibility, the EUIPO has recently clarified what we already suspected: that holders of European Union Trade Mark Registrations (EUTMs) with UK representatives will require an EU-based representative. Harrison IP has planned ahead for this eventuality. We established a French … Read More