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Law Resources: Intellectual Property: Trade Marks

UK Intellectual Property Office: Trade Marks  

Information, decisions and forms.

Law Resources: Trade

EUR-Lex: Summaries of EU Legislation: External trade  

The European Union (EU) is the world's largest exporter. With over 500 million consumers, a single market with common rules, it also represents an attractive export market for non-EU countries. The EU has exclusive power to legislate on trade matters and to conclude international trade agreements, based on World Trade Organisation rules, on behalf of its 28 member countries. Its policy covers trade in goods and services but also matters such as commercial aspects of intellectual property and foreign direct investment. It has enacted trade defence and market access instruments mainly with the purpose of protecting EU businesses from obstacles to trade. Lastly, it assists developing countries to trade by means of lower duties and support programmes.

EUR-Lex: Summaries of EU Legislation: Internal market  

The internal market of the European Union (EU) is a single market in which the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons is assured, and in which citizens are free to live, work, study and do business. Since its creation in 1993, the single market has opened itself more to competition, created jobs, and reduced many trade barriers. The Single Market Act was put forward in two parts, in 2011 and 2012, containing proposals to further exploit the opportunities afforded by the single market, in order to boost employment and improve confidence in European business.

GATS Info Point  

Designed to help European service operators to provide their services around the world. Contains a complete guide to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) - the ultimate guarantee of open services markets, news about world trade in services, a link to the Market Access Database and a means to inform us of any barriers or restrictions to trade.

Hieros Gamos: Guide to Global Trade Law  

A comprehensive set of links in the following categories: supranational, national regimes, other resources, discussion groups, publications, related practices.

International Trade Law Monitor  

International/transnational commercial law and e-commerce infrastructure monitor, providing a huge number of links.

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)  

The core legal body within the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. A variety of reference texts are available on the site.

World Trade Organisation  

Legal texts and thousands of WTO working documents, panel and appeals reports, new WTO agreements; meetings and conferences: Summaries and documents, issues and documents dealing specifically, with developing countries, regular reviews of members' trade p

Services: Law Publishers

CMP Publishing  

Specialising in International Trade and International Environmental Law; considered to be the leading publisher of material on the legal implications of the World Trade Organisation; particular expertise in the nexus between trade and environment.

The Directory: Courts and Tribunals

High Court: Admiralty Court  

We handle shipping and maritime disputes. Cases that we hear include: collisions between ships disputes over the transport of cargo salvage of a ship, cargo or crew disputes over goods supplied to a ship disputes over mortgages and other security over ships claims by passengers for injuries suffered claims by ship crew for unpaid wages claims by shipowners to limit liability for loss or damage We handle both claims brought against the owner of a ship ('in personam' claims) and claims brought against the ship itself ('in rem' claims). We can also hear claims brought against other types of crafts (for example aircraft) as well as cargo. We can seize ('arrest') ships and cargos to prevent them being moved and can also sell them within England and Wales.

High Court: Commercial Court  

We handle complex national and international business disputes. Cases that we hear include: disputes over contracts and business documents insurance and reinsurance sale of commodities import, export and transport (‘carriage’) of goods issues relating to arbitration awards banking and financial services agency and management agreements construction of ships Many of these cases can also be heard by the Mercantile Court. However, we generally hear the more complex cases, or cases where there is a large amount at stake.

High Court: Mercantile Court  

We handle commercial and business disputes. Cases that we hear include: disputes over contracts and business documents insurance and reinsurance sale of goods import, export and transport (carriage) of goods professional negligence in commercial circumstances (eg solicitors and accountants) issues relating to arbitration awards restraint of trade banking and financial services agency and management agreements share sale agreements confidential information injunctions There are no restrictions on the size of claims which can be brought to the Mercantile Court. Cases will ordinarily be heard if they are of a genuine business nature and appropriate for the court.

The Directory: European and EU Institutions

Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market - Trade Marks and Designs (OHIM)  

Responsible for registering trade marks and designs that are valid in all 27 countries of the EU.

The Directory: Government Departments

UK Export Finance  Live bookmark  

UK Export Finance is the UK's export credit agency, helping exporters and investors by providing credit insurance policies, political risk insurance on overseas investments and guarantees on bank loans. UK Export Finance is the operating name for the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD). UK Export Finance is a ministerial department of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Transparency data: UKEF business appointment rules advice April to June 2018
Transparency data: UKEF: spend over £25,000, August 2018
Notice: Category A project under consideration: Bapco Modernization Program
Case study: Overseas sales soar for Simworx following support from UKEF
Transparency data: UK Export Finance: spending over £500 on a GPC, August 2018
Transparency data: UKEF: spend over £25,000, June 2018
Transparency data: UKEF: spend over £25,000, July 2018
Correspondence: UK Export Finance support for export of Typhoon aircraft to Qatar

The Directory: Government Departments: Non-ministerial

The Directory: International Organisations

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)  

Activities cover a broad spectrum, from arbitration and dispute resolution to making the case for open trade and the market economy system, business self-regulation, fighting corruption or combating commercial crime. Site includes ICC Guidelines, codes and rules for all areas of international business; rules and awards of the ICC International, Court of Arbitration.

World Trade Organisation (WTO)  

Global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations.

The Directory: Law Associations: International

European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)  

Brings together EU professionals practising in the field of trade marks and industrial designs.

International Trade Mark Association (INTA)  

Not-for-profit membership association of 5,900 trademark owners, professionals and academics, from more than 190 countries, dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property.


Association of European trade mark owners

The Directory: Law Directories

The Directory: Professional Associations

Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA)  

Promotes training, qualification and continued learning in order to ensure that the Trade Mark Attorney profession maintains the highest standards.

The Directory: Trade and Industry Organisations

Trade Association Forum  

Gateway to UK trade associations and business sectors. Includes a directory of trade associations, guilds and federations searchable by industry name or organisation name.

Advertising Association  

Federation of 24 trade bodies representing the advertising and promotional marketing industries including advertisers, agencies, media and support services.

Advertising Information Group  

Body monitoring and analysing European tripartite information.