IP Doctor – more FAQs

Every day the legal and membership hotlines receive many calls from members – that’s what they are there for!  However, we are often asked the same questions time after time, so we thought it would be a good idea to appoint an “IP Doctor” to start an archived list of some of the most common myths, howlers and general IP queries.

This is not an exhaustive list, but will, hopefully, clarify quickly certain IP queries. This month Andrew Lee of ACID Accredited law firm McDaniel & Co answers some of the most common queries on trade marks starting with the following.

Why do some brands have ® after them and some have ™? Is there a difference?,  Andrew replies, “if you have a registered trade mark then you are permitted to use the ® sign to indicate that the mark is registered. It is an offence to use the ® sign if the mark is not registered. Using the sign simply means that you are using the particular sign in a trade mark sense i.e. to brand your goods, but that the mark itself is not registered. Being able to use the ® sign can also be considered a further benefit of obtaining a trade mark registration as it can have a deterrent effect”. 

Continue for more on trade marks and further IP queries.

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Andrew Lee of McDaniel & Co

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