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February 2017 International 13 LCCI’s India mission follows in Prime Minister’s footsteps More than two dozen companies from four countries travelled to India last November for a five-day trade mission in the wake of the visits of Prime Minister Theresa May and London’s deputy mayor for business for London, Rajesh Agrawal. Led by Vijay Goel, as the then LCCI Asian Business Association chairman, delegates included representatives from a whisky distillery company, a law firm, chartered accountants and Public Health England. Companies from Greece, Italy and Lithuania completed the line-up in a cross-Europe mission which was co-organised with the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece, Sicindustria, a branch of the leading business federation in Italy, and the Public Institution Lithuanian Innovation Centre. The mission is part of the European EAGLE project to enhance co-operation between European trade promotion organisations for an improved SME trade promotion service. Some of the group were visiting India for the first time, while others were looking to develop already-existing links.   Collaboration Kajane Chartered Accountants, based in Edgware, were reaching out to Indian businesses looking to expand into Europe. Media production company ArtTravel carried out market research and sought collaboration, sponsorship and distribution channels with the aim of creating short digital motion pictures on tourism and arts. Mission delegates were introduced to key business contacts, distributors, agents, partners, buyers and sellers, and briefed by government officials and business support organisations.  Networking The mission included business to-business meetings in Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). There was also a networking reception and client hospitality with locally invited businesses in Mumbai, hosted by the Bombay Stock Exchange. Vijay Goel said: “The mission strengthened trade links between Indian companies and those visiting from the UK and elsewhere in the EU. “Whatever happens politically in the next few years the mission is about building business ties and understanding ways of working for the benefit of all.” See page 29 for Asian Business Association event at the Indian High Commission “Whatever happens politically in the next few years the mission is about building business ties and understanding ways of working for the benefit of all.” SPONSORED COLUMN What’s in a name? Quite a lot actually. For most businesses, the one thing that keeps people coming back year in year out is the name or brand that your customers recognise. But, did you know that unless that brand is protected by a trade mark registration it is difficult to claim the name as yours on a nationwide basis. Say for example, you’re a barber called SWEENEY TODD, then the goodwill in your name is restricted to a fairly local geographic area. That is fine if your business only intends to trade locally. However, if you want to expand and franchise your name nationally you really DO need to obtain a registered mark. The same applies if you export. If you want to export your business to the USA, then you’ll need a US trade mark. Indeed, the only way you can get protection from copying in many overseas locations is to have a registered right. So, if 2017 is the year you want to start exporting (and for many businesses Brexit will offer opportunities for sales in a wide variety of new locations) then start to ask the following questions now: • Do I have proper trade mark cover in all the necessary classes? • Have I registered a word mark a logo mark or both? • Do I have trade mark cover in all the countries in which I intend to trade? Whilst it is quite easy to obtain registration for a trade mark in the UK, registration overseas is a different kettle of fish and you’re strongly advised to seek some advice and help to get it right. If you don’t you can lose your rights in parts of the world and see your reputation damaged by third parties offering poor quality good under your brand. If you think this may apply to you then don’t hesitate to give Virtuoso Legal a call. Please connect with me: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ intellectualpropertyphilip Follow me on Twitter: @PPartington Virtuoso Legal - The Intellectual Property Specialists 93 Jermyn Street London SW1Y 9JE Tel: 020 7412 8372 philip@virtuosolegal.com www.virtuosolegal.com Vijay Goel addressing an ASSOCHAM meeting Click/tap for more info


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