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    收到侵犯知识产权警告函之后怎么办?
    专栏:常见问题
    发布日期:2020-03-18 22:08
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    不要惊慌!如果收到停止通知函,该怎么办

    • 如果,您可以同意他们的要求。但是,应注意确保您在这样做时不承担责任。例如,您可以这样回答:“虽然我们对X提出异议,但为了快速解决,我们准备同意Y。” 理想情况下,此类信函不仅应被标记,而且应保持为“无损”,以确保您不会损害自己的职位(没有偏见的真实情况不能用作证据)。在可能的情况下,还建议与另一方达成正式的和解协议,以确保采取建议的措施确实可以解决问题。建议您在这里与商标律师联系以寻求支持。
    • 如果您的回答为“ 否”,则您可以(和企业常规地)采取多种选择:

    1)忽略信件–但是,请注意,发件人有可能选择不发送提醒,而是直接将您送上法庭。英国法院对诉讼前的行为有非常严格的规定,一般要求当事方友好解决问题。因此,很有可能会发送进一步的事前信件。但是,这取决于大小写,首字母的性质和发件人的态度。
    2)通过简单地撤消此案做出回应–同样,对方有可能随后简单地继续提起诉讼。
    3)以反对的方式做出回应–如上所述,请务必避免承担责任,并在不损害任何利益的基础上保持这种联系。反对提案还应旨在真正尝试找到可行的解决方案。
    在上述任何一种情况下,建议从授权的商标律师处寻求建议,以评估权利要求的有效性,考虑任何可能的抗辩并讨论进一步的选择和策略。由于知识产权法的复杂性和有关诉讼前行为的规则,建议采取法律建议,以确保您不要做任何可能损害您立场并可能导致更严重问题的事情。
    预防胜于治疗
    当然,如果您已经知道自己的IP权利,包括采取必要的步骤来保护您选择的品牌,您也会发现自己处于更有利的位置。

    • 保护和加强您的品牌

    清除商标后,下一步应该是获得注册保护。一般而言,执行注册权利要比依靠未注册权利更为直接。注册商标保护不仅可以帮助您保护品牌的独特性和实力,而且可以提供一种手段来对第三方实施IP保护。
    获得商标注册后,请考虑进行商标监视,以监视和强制执行任何侵害您的品牌的尝试。

      November 18 2019 | Novagraaf - Vanessa Harrow
      Of course every business should undertake trademark clearance searching before launching a brand, but not every small or start-up business understands why – until they receive a cease and desist letter demanding that they change their branding. Vanessa Harrow offers some advice.
      It’s a familiar news story: a small business has been forced to change its branding after ‘legal threats’ from a larger, established and IP savvy business. In this instance, a Manchester restaurant that has had to remove the letter ‘K’ from its window this month following a ‘legal threat’ from an unnamed source.
      As unfair as such cease and desist letters may seem to the layperson, IP professionals understand the context of such action, and the importance to brand owners of defending their trademark rights. But, what should a small business do if it receives a legal threat in the post?
      How to react to a cease and desist
      The first question to answer is whether the sender is asking you to do something you are happy to agree to do.
      • Pre-check for conflicts
      When developing a new brand or expanding an existing brand into a new market, one of the first steps should be to conduct clearance searches to consider freedom (or availability) to use your chosen name or branding.
      Beyond the potential liability for damages, being forced to rebrand following legal action by a third-party with prior rights can be a very costly exercise. Steps should be taken to manage the risks of conflicts when launching a new brand therefore.
      Clearance searches will enable you to assess the potential conflicts with third party rights and take proactive steps to mitigate the risks. Whether you are opening a small independent business based in just one part of the UK or whether you are creating a global brand with plans for worldwide expansion, checking availability to use your brand in your chosen markets should be a critical part of your launch strategy.
      • Get in touch if you need advice
      Of course, very few small businesses (or restaurants) will have the IP knowledge or expertise in house, which can make receiving a cease and desist alarming. So too, can discovering that another business has ripped off your name or branding. In both instances, the best course of action is to take advice from an accredited trademark attorney to establish your position and your best course of action.


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