26 May 2016

Chelsea's Mourinho trade marks - a special brand

As a dedicated follower of both football and IP, I was intrigued by yesterday's reports that a deal between Man United and Mourinho was being held up over "image rights" owned by Chelsea.

This merited further investigation. It turns out that Chelsea have an extensive portfolio of some 175 live trade marks. These include FERNANDO TORRES and TORRES (but not COSTA or HAZARD), ABRAMOVICH, CHELSKI, and ANCELOTTI (but not HIDDINK).

20 May 2016

Why class is NOT permanent for European Union Trade Marks

We previewed changes to the European Union trade mark regime earlier this year in a previous post.  

Since 23 March 2016 Community Trade Marks have been known as European Union Trade Marks, or EU Trade Marks for short. On the same date, changes to the classification of goods and services protected by EU Trade Marks were also enshrined in law.

18 May 2016

Stayin' alive - keeping that planning permission alive

You’ve spent months, sometimes years, and paid considerable application, professional and other fees, negotiating and obtaining your valuable planning consent for your land. The judicial review challenge period has now passed. Congratulations! It is understandable why at this stage developers often breathe a sigh of relief. However, if you are not intending to dispose the land at this stage, now is not the time to relax fully. This blog explains why not, and ultimately how to get there.