Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday UK – Saturday 1 December 2018

What is Small Business Saturday Small Business Saturday launched in the UK in 2013. It’s a simple initiative designed to support and promote small businesses, right in the midst of the holiday season. A lot of people perceive the Small Business Saturday movement to be retail-based; encouraging promotion of smaller Continue Reading…

The (not) banned Iceland ad. But don’t try selling Rang-Tan™ merchandise.

You’ve seen Rang-Tan™. I know you have. You clicked on the link your uni mate shared on Facebook and you felt a bit, well, naughty. You were watching it. The banned advert. Round of applause for Iceland and Greenpeace. It is highly unlikely that the advert was ever going to Continue Reading…

New Office Hours

When I started Stanmore IP in January 2015 my youngest daughter wasn’t even a year old. It seems impossible to believe that today she started Primary School for the first time. As a parent, I’m going to find this hard to adjust to. But I am looking for the positives Continue Reading…

#slabgate

#SLABGATE – the dispute between Hotel Chocolat and Waitrose (or, why settling IP disputes in the media might not always go so well)

What’s #slabgate? In case you haven’t seen the #slabgate IP dispute between Hotel Chocolat and Waitrose in the media: Waitrose have been selling chocolate slab bars which Hotel Chocolat claim bear a resemblance to those produced by HC. Waitrose have recently agreed “to stop making the totally coincidentally very similar bars”[1]. Continue Reading…

trade mark brand endorsement

The power of the Trade Mark-le endorsement

Getting an endorsement from a celebrity can do wonders for a brand and the value of their trade mark. That’s no surprise. So when Meghan Markle (Prince Harry’s fiancée, for those of you who may have been living under a rock) wore a pair of Hiut jeans last week in Continue Reading…

trade mark overseas

Taking your trade mark overseas – what you need to consider

Depending on your business type, you might have the opportunity to take your trade mark overseas. This could come quite quickly in your business, or might be a step that you consciously take after trading in the UK for a few years first. What does trading overseas mean? When I Continue Reading…

good trade mark

What makes a good trade mark? Branding advice versus trade mark attorney advice.

There’s lots of debate about what makes a good trade mark. And the answer is that it depends what you’re trying to achieve with it. And who you ask/who is asking! Branding/marketing advice for a good trade mark is likely to be: From a branding perspective a good trade mark Continue Reading…

Trade mark registration – what does it give me?

Trade mark registration seems to be on lots of people’s “to do” list. For most businesses a trade mark is a fair chunk of investment, especially in the early stages. Lots of people aren’t really clear what a trade mark registration gives them. And just as importantly, what it doesn’t. As a Continue Reading…