Trademark Clearance

Merely descriptive vs suggestive — The unwritten rule of trademark law

On the whole, trademark law is incredibly comprehensive, but there’s one important rule that’s still unwritten — how to distinguish between ‘merely descriptive’ and ‘suggestive’ trademarks. The difference between these two types of trademark can be contentious. A merely descriptive mark is something that gives the customer an immediate idea of what the name entails […]

The craft of choosing a trademark

The explosion of the craft beer market has drawn a lot of attention to the importance of choosing the right name. In the US there are more than 4,200 craft breweries and the number keeps growing. Across the pond in the UK the trend is similar with an estimated 1,700 craft breweries, which is an […]

What happens when your brand name is the same as a country?

There have been a number of cases in the media of brands frantically back-pedalling prior to the launch of a new product and having to change its name. Either that, or facing potential legal action from a brand with a shared or similar name that didn’t come up in the screening process. But what about […]