There have been various new strategies on filing trademarks, particularly in the US, EU, China and Japan, with classifications and specification drafting.
The European Intellectual Property Office (“EU IPO”) has released guidance notes on the approach it will take in classifying items relating to virtual goods and NFTs. It is noted that:
This is a positive step for brand owners as now trade marks registrations will cover virtual goods and NFTs, this does however present legal implications relating to the trading and owning of NFTs. We have discussed this in another article, please follow the link below.
If a move into virtual goods, NFTs and the Metaverse are something you can see in the future of your brand please get in touch with our Intellectual Property team to discuss your current Intellectual Property portfolio and how you can begin to protect these with the development of the virtual world.
If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this article, Stacey Gillard, Paralegal and Rebecca Anforth, Legal Director, would be delighted to hear from you. You can reach Stacey & Rebecca on 01872 226990 or you can email them on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information provided in this article is a summary for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice and cannot be relied on as such. Any law quoted in this article is correct at the above date. Appropriate legal and financial advice should be sought for specific circumstances before any action is taken.