watch notice

noun

  • Intellectual Property Law

Definitions of watch notice

  • information sent to the owner of a trademark (=words or symbols that a company uses to identify itself) telling the owner that someone has filed a trademark application that might violate the owner’s rights

    The mention of the application in the watch notice is not grounds for opposing the trademark.

Phrase Bank for watch notice

  • Set up a watch notice. It’s the best way to become aware of potentially confusingly similar trademarks that are filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

  • The simplest measure any company with a registered IP right can take is ensuring that it has a watch notice in place with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to intercept goods coming into the UK.

  • HMRC does not charge a fee for lodging a watch notice.

Additional Notes for watch notice

  • watch service (noun) a service that gives information to the owners of trademarks, which tells an owner if someone has filed a trademark application that might violate the owner’s rights: The trademark watch service monitors traditional media and on-line activity.

  • The term is also used in connection to criminal law: This latest wrinkle, where Mr. Browder finds himself on an Interpol watch notice, may be especially worth watching here because it might have been be triggered by a Canadian connection.