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Article: Businesses challenging trade mark applications hits new high

According to this piece published in the Global Legal Post yesterday, businesses attempting to block a rival from registering a conflicting trade mark has jumped a huge 7% in the last 12 months.

Here’s an extract from the article and the full report can be read at

Extract: The increase is part of the broader trend for businesses to more robustly defend their brands and other intellectual property as businesses with a registered trade mark often try to block rivals from registering a conflicting trade mark by lodging a challenge to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Ben Mark, legal director, trademarks at RPC, said of the jump: ‘Attempts to kill off a rival’s trade marks are becoming more common.’

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