Below you’ll find the most recent trademark applications filed with the Irish Patents Office
The most interesting one (for me) is the Stabilo Highlighter application, where you’ll see that they are applying to protect the design and shape (effectively) of what we all know as that particular brand of highlighter.
It is possible to trademark shapes as Trademarks, provided that the shape isn’t necessary to achieve a technical function or doesn’t give the sole value to the product.
This kind of trademark would prevent you then from releasing highlighters in the same shape as those highlighters, but not releasing highlighters in another shape.
|Trademark Number||Trademark||Device||Date of Application / Registration||Status||Applicant / Proprietor||Goods & Services Classes|
|2016/01719||17/08/2016||Pending||5, 9, 10, 16|