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Uber is a now a verb

Written by Samuel O'Toole on 27 September 2018

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This month was a monumental month, Tesco opened a new discount store, the Prime Minister has told us that she will not delay Brexit, and UBER CEO Dara Khosrowshahi  stated that ‘UBER’ is a verb.

Dara Khosrowshahi   explained that “very few brands become verbs; for Uber to have achieved this shows how we’ve captured imaginations and become an important part of our customers’ lives”. However, whilst Khosrowshahi   may be very happy with this, I bet you his trade mark lawyers are not all that happy.

It is paramount that a trade mark should never be used as a noun or verb. A trade mark is a badge of origin; section 1 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 defines a trade mark as being: any sign capable of being represented graphically which is capable of distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings.

Once a mark is no longer capable of distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings it cannot function as a trade mark. It will then be susceptible to be removed from the trade mark registry.

A trade mark should always be used as an adjective with words that describe the goods or services on offer. For example: A Lawdit trade mark article. 

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