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Plymouth 10k Water Sponsor & Running Team

  • Posted: 09-10-2017
  • Bright

Sunday saw the Bright Team running 10k while also helping out on the water stations supplying the water to all the runners at the event. Congratulations to all the Bright runners and everyone else who took part!

Plymouth Albion Corporate Membership Package

  • Posted: 09-10-2017
  • Bright

Plymouth Albion launched their new corporate membership package and we are proud to announce that we are their first corporate member.

Pictured: Andy Sewell with Man of the Match Jamie Salter

Debt Collection Protocol, Are You Ready?

  • Posted: 22-06-2017
  • Debt Recovery

On 1 October 2017 a change is due in the way that businesses deal with an individual, including a sole trader, who pays them late.

The Ministry of Justice have put in place a formal protocol for collecting overdue funds from an individual. The protocol is expected to be followed by all parties prior to issuing a claim form with the idea that the issuing of a claim is a last resort. We expect the court to be heavily critical of those parties that do not follow the protocol and rush out and issue a claim form without following the procedure. We would also expect the court to look to creditors to follow the spirit of the protocol for the collection of commercial debts though the protocol does not extend to them it would be wise to certainly consider the protocol when taking steps on any business to business debt.

Guarantees Explained...

  • Posted: 22-06-2017
  • Commercial/Business

Often the words “Guarantee” and “Guarantor” get thrown around without much, or enough thought at all but we must always consider how serious entering into a guarantee can be. So, what do we mean when we talk about guarantees? Well, a guarantee is essentially a contract promising to meet the liabilities of a third party in the event that that party fails to perform its obligations under an initial contract made between that third party and another. The classic example is a landlord and tenant situation – the landlord, Benny leases his property out to Tommy who wishes to run a coffee shop. Benny is nervous about how successful Tommy will be and concerned that he will be unable to make the monthly rental payment of £3,000 and therefore requests that Tommy has a guarantor. Tommy asks Sammy, his best friend to give a guarantee.

Five Common Trade Mark Myths

  • Posted: 12-06-2017
  • Commercial/Business

MYTH: I already have trade mark protection as I have registered my company name at Companies House and/or I have purchased a domain name for my business.
FALSE: Neither registering your name at Companies House nor purchasing a domain name provides trade mark protection. These are different systems with different laws. The only way to obtain trade mark protection is to register at the Intellectual Property Office.

MYTH: If I register my trade mark it gives me exclusive protection and no one else can use a trade mark with the same name or similar name.
FALSE: A trade mark is protected in relation to the goods and services it is registered in. Another trader may use a similar or identical trade mark provided the use of that trade mark is not for similar or identical goods or services and there is no confusion in the market place.

MYTH: Placing the letters TM after my trade mark provides protection and means my mark is registered.
FALSE: This provides no protection and legally has no meaning. Once your trade mark is registered you can use the mark ® next to your trade mark to let other traders know that your trade mark is protected.

MYTH: Once my trade mark is registered I have protection throughout the world.
FALSE: Trade mark protection is geographical, meaning that if you have a trade mark registered in the UK your protection is limited to the UK. If you intend to trade in the EU we would recommend obtaining an EU trade mark which will provide protection in all 28 EU countries, although once Brexit occurs it is likely that the UK will no longer be covered by a EUTM.

MYTH: I must already be using my trade mark before I can register it.
FALSE: You have 5 years in which to put your trade mark into genuine use from the date of registration. When you apply to register your trade mark you will be asked to sign a declaration stating that you intend to use your trade mark. You have 5 years to give effect to that intention. Failure to not genuinely use your trade mark can cause your mark to be removed from the register freeing up names for other traders to use.

Raewyn Tuffery

Solicitor (New Zealand Qualified)
Bright (South West) LLP

Britain's Ocean City Half Marathon 2017

  • Posted: 24-04-2017
  • Bright

After a long and challenging Half Marathon, the runners are wobbling around the office this morning. Congratulations to all of you. You did amazing and we are very proud!

If you didn’t already know, we were Water Sponsors for this event. We will also be Water Sponsors for the Plymouth 10k later on this year. We hope to see as many of you as possible taking part!