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Charity lawyers face descriptive trademarks headache

Max Walters, London

In-house counsel at charities including Cancer Research UK tell Managing IP that getting trademark protection can be hard because of restrictions on what is registrable and warn of the difficulties around introducing a ‘charitable exemption’

In-house counsel at charities have spoken of the difficulties of protecting their brands, telling Managing IP that they are sometimes forced into thinking creatively about other ways of being granted protection because of restrictions on purely descriptive marks.

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