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With a background in education stretching back to the 1980s, OCN Credit4Learning is a long established not for profit making educational charity working to improve the quality of education across the UK.

Legal Disclosure relating to our Trademark dispute with a previous partner.


In the action brought by the educational charity NOCN (formerly National Open College Network) in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (‘IPEC’) against the educational charity, OCN Credit4Learning, to prevent the latter from using the acronym OCN, the name OCN Credit4Learning, its domain name and a specific logo (the ‘Defendant’s Logo’), the  Court determined that:
(a)     NOCN’s registration of the acronym OCN as a trade mark is invalid;
(b)     OCN Credit4Learning is entitled to use the acronym OCN (including ‘ocn’ in lower case), the name OCN Credit4Learning and its domain name and its use of those names does not amount to trade mark infringement or passing off;
(c)     OCN Credit4Learning is not entitled to use the Defendant’s Logo and shall not do so after 25th December 2015.

A full copy of the judgment can be found at this link.


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