Red card for Liverpool F.C.’s trade mark registration of “Liverpool”

Liverpool F.C. may have won the UEFA Champions League but in their recent head-to-head with the UK Intellectual Property Office they failed to register “Liverpool” as a trade mark for football-related products and services. The basis for the IPO’s decision was the “geographical significance” of the city of Liverpool.

A trade mark is an indication of the trade origin of goods and services. A trade mark must therefore relate to a particular supplier. It can become an indication of quality and reputation and is a piece of property that can be licensed.

Brexit: Implications for trade mark protection

The implications of Brexit for trade mark protection are potentially profound. It had long been expected that the UK would leave the EU on 29 March 2019; however, as was agreed by the UK and the EU27 (i.e. the remaining 27 members of the EU) in early April, the exit date has now been extended to 31 October 2019.

The UK does have the option to leave the EU earlier, if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both parties before 31 October 2019. Alternatively, the UK may seek another extension.

Paying your bills late? Here’s why you should think again

The Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations 2017 (SI2017/395) came into force on 6 April 2017. Since then, large companies have had to prepare a report on their payment practices and policies. This is part of the government initiative of building a responsible payment culture designed to assist suppliers, particularly small businesses.

The report only relates to business contracts for goods, services or intangible assets (including Intellectual Property) which are sufficiently linked to the UK. Contracts in relation to financial services are excluded.

Intellectual Property - Is It Worth Protecting?

Intellectual property (or IP) rights are essential for most businesses, although they might not always realise it, and are often core to the tradable value of a brand. They should therefore form part of an overall business strategy and not be left to deal with as and when a particular need arises, such as when a design is copied or a trade mark misused. Here we look at the importance of having an IP strategy and how to enforce your IP rights.

Stone King partners with ACID to support entrepreneurs during Clerkenwell Design Week

This week designers and entrepreneurs will congregate at the UK’s leading independent design festival in London; Clerkenwell Design Week.

Among the buzz and creativity of the 2018 event, Stone King’s intellectual property experts and ACID (Anti Copying in Design) have teamed up and will be on hand to answer questions on intellectual property, branding and design and how to protect your rights in the UK and abroad.

National law firm Stone King secures major hires and announces raft of partner promotions

Stone King is delighted to announce that Julian Blake, formerly joint head of Charity and Social Enterprises at Bates Wells Braithwaite, and commercial property lawyer Caroline Taylor, formerly partner at Michelmores LLP, have joined the national law firm as partners. The firm has also made five new partner promotions across the business.

Michael King retires from Stone King after guiding the law firm for more than 40 years

After more than four decades with Stone King, having been instrumental in its growth and prosperity, Michael King is bidding a fond farewell and retiring from the national law firm.

Michael has led Stone King’s Charity & Social Enterprise Group, been Senior Partner and Chairman and been instrumental in driving the firm’s growth in London, having established its first office there in 1990.


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