MACIPO & ASSOCIATES provides a comprehensive trade mark
service, and manages the trademark portfolios of many well-known companies.
Many of our clients have realised the merits of seeking protection
throughout the European Union in a single Community Trade Mark application,
and we have extensive experience of this system. We handle numerous trade
mark oppositions for both opponents and applicants, seeking effective
commercial settlements for the benefit of our clients wherever appropriate.
We continue to file and prosecute UK national trade mark
applications, which offer particular benefits including the speed at which
registration may be obtained. We also handle international trademark
applications under the fast expanding Madrid Protocol registration system,
which offer substantial cost savings and convenience for clients wishing to
register a trade mark in multiple countries. We are also able to obtain and
advise on overseas national and regional registrations and have an extensive
network of foreign trade mark attorneys with whom we engage on such matters.
We are pleased to offer advice on all aspects of trademarks and
related rights in the UK, Europe and world-wide, including infringement,
passing off (and other common law rights) and licensing, as well as on
appropriate choice of marks and their registrability.
Filing individual applications in chosen countries
is a common option used as an alternative to a regional or Madrid system
In many cases, countries accord trade mark rights on a first to file
basis. That is to say, the first person to apply for a registration of a
mark is treated preferentially in according the trade mark rights.
Many countries throughout the world do not recognise rights built up through
the use of trade marks, hence registration in each country is the preferred,
or only means of protection.
We have a network of over 200 local trade mark practitioner
associates covering all countries of the world, allowing us to handle your
trade mark registrations from filing through prosecution and registration,
to post registration matters such as payment of renewal fees and monitoring
of infringers, and negotiating coexistence agreements.