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Month: November 2015

IPEC Fines Scam IP Agency £500,000

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has handed out a fine of £500,000 to an agency that has been contacting trade mark owners, and leading them to believe that it was the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO).  The agency, which called itself ‘The Intellectual Property Agency’, was found guilty of passing off and of trade mark infringement.  The fine is the maximum that can be handed out by the IPEC. Overcharging Trade Mark Owners The scam involved contacting trade mark…

Beer-related Trade Marks Increase in the UK

As consumer appetite grows for craft beers, the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has seen an increase of 12% in the number of beer-related trade marks registered in 2014 compared to 2013.  There is expected to be an even bigger increase this year. A Sign that Business is Good for Breweries? A rise in trade mark applications is usually a sign that business in that sector is doing well, with plenty of room for new products and brands and a…

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