Mon 5th Jun 2017

White paper: UK Company Name Squatters – Review of decisions by Company Names Tribunal 2008 to 2016

Since the UK Company Names Tribunal was set up in 2008, it has decided nearly 700 cases of disputes about opportunistic names registered at UK Companies House.

In our latest white paper, European trade mark attorney James Cornish analyses the decisions in these cases to provide useful lessons for brand owners who are having trouble with company name squatters.


The Tribunal deals with disputes about opportunistic company names registered at UK Companies House. This is where there is a claim that a name was registered for the primary purpose: 

  • of preventing someone else with a legitimate interest from registering it; or 
  • to demand payment from them to release it.


An analysis of these cases provides some useful lessons for brand owners who find themselves troubled by company name squatters. It also highlights important issues for companies with genuine businesses who find themselves facing an objection to their


Click here to download the white paper.


his briefing is for general information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. We can discuss specific issues and facts on an individual basis. Please note that the law may have changed since the day this was first published in June 2017.


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