A Guide To How Trade Marks Work In Formula One®
In the UK, a trade mark can be protected if it is capable of distinguishing the specific goods/services covered from those of third parties, and if the mark itself can be represented on the register in a clear in precise manner. But what does this mean in practice, and what are the implications for motorsport?
With a particular focus on Formula One, this article will address the following:
- What are the most popular motorsport trade marks?
- Who owns the F1 trade mark?
- The importance that Formula One places over its own trade marks
- What happens to a team's trade marks when it gets sold/later renamed?
- Issues surrounding registration of trade marks in motorsport
- What elements can be protected by a trade mark?
- Possibility of sound trade marks with the advent of Formula E
- Landmark trade mark disputes in motorsport
- Key Takeaways
This article is the third instalment in our series dealing with intellectual property in motorsport and the first instalment on protecting confidential information in motorsport can be found here and the second instalment dealing with patents and trade secrets in motorsport can be found here.
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Nick is a Managing Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at Lewis Silkin, specialising in Intellectual Property disputes.
He specialises in the protection, exploitation and enforcement across the range of intellectual property rights, including trade marks, copyright, patents, designs and confidential information.
He has particular expertise in protecting and enforcing brands and acts for clients in many different sectors including the retail, manufacturing, engineering, media, financial and technology sectors.