Ben Prangell is an IP Solicitor for SHIPLEYIP in the UK. Ben has over 6 years of experience in all aspects of Intellectual Property law. His particular areas of interest are fashion, technology, music and the commercial aspects that each area entails, including brand licensing. Ben, along with his team, manages the worldwide IP portfolios of an extensive number of high profile, renowned and diverse clientele.
Deepshikha Sharma is a trade mark assistant in an intellectual property firm, SHIPLEYIP in the United Kingdom. She advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property and business issues, with particular emphasis on trademark and design registration, clearance searches, opposition and cancellation proceedings.
When an undertaking operates in more than one country of the European Union it is a wise legal choice to apply for a trademark on a community level. A community trademark allows the applicant to file for a trademark within 28 countries of the European Union instead of the expensive and time consuming method of independent national filings for each country. The downside of the Community trademark application is with respect to satisfying the requirement of genuine use in connection with goods and services. Within 5 years of trademark registration the mark must be used in more than one country of the European community. In Sofa Workshop Limited v. Sofaworks Limited, the judgment elucidated upon the term “Genuine Use” in respect of trademarks and the territory covered by them.