Any company can opt to use a weak mark that directly highlights the special characteristics of its products or services, though such a mark may well be denied registration, because it is considered merely descriptive of products or services. But if it does make it into the trade mark register, it cannot be denied protection altogether. So is it worth taking the chance and investing in weak brands?
A cultural institution may try to position its unique structure as a cultural brand within the framework of cultural marketing. Strong cultural brands attract a lot of attention and engender particularly positive images. Customers, business partners and sponsors can form a quick connection with such brands and images. Is it possible to harness the power of cultural brands for the benefit of a variety of businesses?
A ‘brand that speaks for itself’ is the gold standard of brand development. Such a ‘suggestive’ mark communicates its message from the outset, simply, without the need for elaborate content. Very often, however, such brand words consist only of slightly modified descriptions of the products encompassed by the brand – and this can indicate trouble further down the line.
Under what conditions can descriptive elements such as FAIR in a composite sustainability brand give rise to a likelihood of confusion?
The word and figurative mark with the new word “Biomarkt” is registered several times as a European Union trade mark. However, after an update of the graphic, its renewed registration failed. Find out why the refresh of a descriptive organic trade mark requires the utmost care and intensive legal examination.