TRADE MARK USAGE www.shepwedd.co.uk Trade Mark Usage The primary role of a Trade Mark is to designate the origin of a product or service. Trade Marks should be used in a manner that reinforces their distinctive character and highlights their significance as a designation of origin. Correct use of your Trade Mark is of particular importance when a mark has descriptive connotations or when a mark is to be applied to a novel product. Distinctive character Where the Trade Mark appears in an unstylised format, you should display the mark Trade Mark in title case (at least) and preferably in block capitals: Incorrect:evian Correct: EVIAN or Evian The Trade Mark should wherever possible be used in a combination with an appropriate descriptive term. This is to prevent the Trade Mark being referred to in a descriptive sense: Incorrect: Correct: VOLVIC is refreshing VOLVIC water is refreshing OR Incorrect: Correct: Find refreshment with PERRIER Find refreshment with PERRIER water The Trade Mark should never be used in the possessive form as follows: Incorrect: Correct: HIGHLAND SPRING’S success The success of HIGHLAND SPRING water Marking The ™ symbol indicates to others that you are aware of and willing to defend your Trade Mark rights. The ® indicates that the mark is registered. It is a criminal offence to use the ® unless the mark is registered. As such, where an unregistered Trade Mark appears (whether in stylised or unstylised format) it should display the symbol: Incorrect: Correct: SAN PELLEGRINO SAN PELLEGRINO™ Once the Trade Mark achieves registration the ™ symbol can be upgraded to an ®: Incorrect:STRATHMORE Correct: STRATHMORE ® Assertion of proprietary rights Your promotional material and website should include clear statements of ownership and rights to use your IP assets. The website terms and conditions for use should include a clause setting out your IP rights as detailed overleaf. “ Your Company Limited owns all intellectual property rights in and to this website and the products and the promotional material displayed in it including text, images, graphics, logos, layout, look and feel, animations, software, Trade Marks, and other material underlying and forming part of this website and/or the services. MUDDY WATER ® is a Trade Mark owned by Your Company Limited. Except where otherwise specified, any word or logo to which the ™ or ® symbol is attached is also a Trade Mark of Your Company Limited. No use may be made of any of these Trade Marks without our prior consent in writing. “ The following statements of ownership should also be displayed on each page of your website and also on any printed material: © Your Company Limited 2014 MUDDY WATER ® is a Trade Mark owned by Your Company Limited. Any third party Trade Marks used on your own website should be accompanied by an appropriate acknowledgement of ownership, such as: CLEARWATER ™ is a Trade Mark of Their Company Limited. Please note this guidance provides you with general principles. We would be happy to review any website or printed material and provide specific to protect the value of all Trade Marks. “ “ Applying basic guidelines is important For more information on Trade Mark Protection please contact: Paul Carlyle T +44 (0)207 429 4937 E [email protected] Ashley Jess T +44 (0)131 473 5755 E [email protected] Carole Wood T +44 (0)131 473 5166 E [email protected] London Condor House 10 St. Paul’s Churchyard London EC4M 8AL T +44 (0)20 7429 4900 F +44 (0)20 7329 5939 Glasgow 191 West George Street Glasgow G2 2LB T +44 (0)141 566 9900 F +44 (0)141 565 1222 Edinburgh 1 Exchange Crescent Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8UL T +44 (0)131 228 9900 F +44 (0)131 228 1222 Aberdeen 1 Berry Street Aberdeen AB25 1HF T +44 (0)1224 343 555 F +44 (0)1224 343 545 www.shepwedd.co.uk Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP is authorised and regulated by the Law Society of Scotland and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (with number 447895).
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