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Warning: these trade marks may offend


Sex, drugs and religion are just some of the subjects that can prompt refusal of trade mark applications on the grounds that they are against public policy or morality. MIP correspondents consider what is banned in different countries, and look at recent cases where the boundaries have been tested (note: some references may cause offence)

EUROPE Priggery or prudence The law regarding offensive trade marks has been in a bit of a backwater until recently. Such marks were generally the preserve of small independent traders, often t-shirt designers, and of no interest to serious brand owners. However,...


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