This is an extract from the World Intellectual Property Review Annual 2009. Chris McLeod, director of trademarks at Hammonds LLP, writes about recent trademark decisions and their implications.
Chris has around 20 years' experience in IP issues in the UK, the EU and beyond. He is a registered UK trademark attorney, an authorised representative at OHIM and has direct representation at WIPO. He is currently the treasurer of ITMA, and a member of INTA and PTMG.
In May 2008, international law firm Hammonds became a limited liability partnership. Hammonds LLP and its affiliated undertakings has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester in the UK, and in Berlin, Brussels, Beijing, Hong Kong, Madrid, Munich and Paris.