Thus [the IPO] applied the right test when [it] sought customers (or a business) within this jurisdiction," he said.In the UK if you can prove that your use of a trademark has established "goodwill" in the business associated with that trademark, then this goodwill is protectable. If another trader "passes off" their services as being yours and appears to claim that their services are yours or that you are in some way connected or have endorsed the services, then you can take action.The High Court rejected claims made by US online dating company Plentyoffish Media that it was entitled to assert rights over UK-registered trademarks because it had high UK visitor numbers to its website.Justice Birss QC said that because Plentyoffish Media did not have any customers in the UK it did not own any "goodwill" rights over UK marks owned by rival Plenty More LLP.If you write day/month/year in America, you will not be understood.Although I myself prefer the ISO notation, normal people do not use it in their daily affairs.
How does a girl from Texas end up with a tendency to go after English guys? Three years and four English boyfriends later, I was left wondering the same thing.
Or how about Jennifer Lawrence (and her Englishman Nicholas Hoult)?
Not to mention Gwen Stefani (and her husband, Londoner Gavin Rossdale).
"A reputation in the UK is not sufficient: customers in the UK are required and that is so whether the business provides products or services," the judge said in his ruling.
"Deciding who constitutes a UK customer from the point of view of a services business may involve tricky questions in some cases but as a matter of law in my judgment customers of some kind are required.
I spent five years living in Manhattan and, frankly, I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than go out on date with another American woman.