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Interesting use of ©copyright

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:55 pm
by diy
I thought this was interesting
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I'm not sure how it can be discussed within the rules though?

They seem to have included the © and the word Copyright within their trade mark. must have been fun for the legal team.

Re: Interesting use of ©copyright

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:40 pm
by shootist
Is it trademarked?

Edit:
Looks like it is (but no © symbol)

https://euipo.europa.eu/eSearch/#details/trademarks/016806515

Re: Interesting use of ©copyright

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:07 am
by dls
The copyright symbol has almost no continuing legal significance. It seems an obvious candidate for use in a trade mark

Re: Interesting use of ©copyright

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:59 am
by atticus
Save that it is so commonly used that a trademark registration is unlikely to be permitted.

Re: Interesting use of ©copyright

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:24 am
by dls
Save that it is so commonly used that a trademark registration is unlikely to be permitted.

I am not sure why that might be. It is just another letter. It would not be an attempt to use just that one letter, but as a symbol forming part of a larger mark.

I might trademark bing>o
It would be distinctive. In a world where you can trademark colour, or a sound or a 3d shape, I do not see what would stop it.

Re: Interesting use of ©copyright

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:31 am
by atticus
OK. Maybe. But not © on its own

Re: Interesting use of ©copyright

PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:29 am
by dls
I agree - not on its own.

Re: Interesting use of ©copyright

PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:17 am
by diy
As I understand the TM (general comment, not specific to this) its very much the visual graphic that is protected. The word Colour and Copyright, could not be protected, given they are well used, generic and have linguistic meaning.

There does seem to be a bit of a ruse going on in general to use plain fonts to create trademarks, in the hope that it somehow stops someone from typing the protected words. Surely such TMs are weak?

Re: Interesting use of ©copyright

PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:37 pm
by theycantdothat
shootist wrote:Is it trademarked?

Edit:
Looks like it is (but no © symbol)


You have to distinguish between registered and unregistered trademarks. TM indicates that a trademark is asserted but that it is not registered and ® that the trademark is registered. An unregistered trademark is not unprotected, but in any proceedings you need to prove the sign is distinctive.