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Cover Contemporary Intellectual Property

13. Trade marks 1: key features, theoretical underpinnings, and the national, EU, and international regimes  

This chapter introduces the key features of registered trade mark law, highlighting core aspects of registered trade mark protection and differences to other IP rights. It discusses the theoretical underpinnings for registered trade mark protection and accompanying policy tensions, particularly ongoing debates over whether registered trade mark protection should focus on the origin function of the mark or also extend to other trade mark functions associated with the creation and maintenance of brand investment and brand image. The chapter introduces the legal regime for the protection of trade marks from an international, EU, and UK perspective, and considers the impact of Brexit on registered trade mark law. The chapter also outlines the various international treaties relevant to the protection of trade marks.

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Cover Contemporary Intellectual Property

13. Trade marks 1: key features, theoretical underpinnings, and the national, EU, and international regimes  

This chapter introduces the key features of registered trade mark law, highlighting core aspects of registered trade mark protection and its differences to other IP rights. It discusses the theoretical underpinnings for registered trade mark protection and also the accompanying policy tensions, in the context of an increasingly visible place of brands in society. The chapter introduces the legal regime for the protection of trade marks from an international, EU, and national (UK) perspective. Reflecting relevant agreements and treaties, the chapter outlines various standards established for the protection of trade marks, along with the systems by virtue of which traders can register and protect marks in many countries throughout the world.