A series of blunders that lost us the halloumi trademark

Cyprus has lost the trademark to register halloumi in the UK essentially because of a change of address and because crucial correspondence from the UK court dealing with the case either went astray or was not dealt with by the correct officials at the commerce ministry.

The “evidence simply demonstrates that the ministry was the author of its own misfortune”, says the damning ruling by the England and Wales High Court (Chancery Division).

The highly embarrassing rejection of the appeal filed by the Republic over the halloumi trademark has exposed the bureaucracy, irresponsibility, and seeming incompetence of government services who lost the trademark for failing to object in time to an application filed by a British company at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in the UK.

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