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Latest articles from Jamie Watt

  • Once dealt with, always decided? The importance of res judicata and the UK IPO in trade mark disputes

    Once dealt with, always decided? The importance of res judicata and the UK IPO in trade mark disputes

    Those dealing with registered trade mark matters will know the importance of properly pleading opposition cases at the UK IPO. A decision of the UK IPO in relation to the grant of registered trade mark rights may very well restrict the complainer in subsequent proceedings. However, one recent decision shows there may be an advantage in pursuing such issues in the Scottish courts.

  • Get hold of your .ltd domain before someone else does

    Get hold of your .ltd domain before someone else does

    The new top level domain ".ltd" is soon to be made generally available. The domain is aimed at UK and Irish limited companies. As with many other new domains, a sunrise period is currently in effect, that is a period whereby registered trade mark holders can gain ownership of .ltd domain names featuring their registered trade mark before the domains are made generally available to the public.

  • The risks of badging without honour, and flouting the flag

    The risks of badging without honour, and flouting the flag

    Badges, shields, flags and other similar marks are regularly considered by organisations as devices around which to build identity and goodwill. Use by sports clubs of club badges is a great example. However, as well as the relevant trade marks legislation, one must consider the role and authority of the Court of the Lord Lyon, the heraldic authority for Scotland.