Brand disputes ‘likely to increase’ as UK trademarks for spirits rise 41%

30th July, 2018 by Phoebe French

Disputes between brands are “likely to rise”, according to law firm RPC, which reports that the number of trademarks registered for spirits and liqueurs in the UK rose by 41% to reach 2,210 in 2017 – an 84% rise in the last five years.

RPC attributes the rise – an increase of 640 registrations compared to the figures published in 2016 – to larger drinks brands and supermarkets augmenting their portfolios to include ‘artisan’ or ‘small batch’ spirits.

With 1,199 such trademarks recorded in 2013, last year’s figures represents an 84% rise in just five years.

Trademarks are also rising due to the launch of increasing numbers of limited edition products, the law firm has found.

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