Back from the Dead, the Return of Phantom FM?


Sooooo, yesterday Irish Trade Mark Agents FR Kelly filed an application for ‘Phantom’ in the classes for radio and television broadcasting.

Phantom 1

Phantom 2

The same firm registered ‘Phantom’ as an Irish Trade Mark back in 2004 for Wireless Media Limited, the company behind the application for Phantom FM in the license application back at that stage registered the Trade Mark ‘Phantom’ in Ireland in 2004, and the address for service of notices relating to the Trade Mark was changed to FR Kelly in 2011*


Could Phantom FM be returning is some shape or form now that the original has re-branded as TXFM?

The Irish registration for Phantom was renewed in 2014, but Wireless Media Limited, who initially registered it in 2004 was dissolved in 2012.

So who now owns the Irish registration, who is applying for the Europe Wide Trade Mark, and more importantly, why??

*I had originally stated that FR Kelly registered this Irish Trade Mark initially, however on further inspect that doesn’t appear to be the case. Without sight of the whole file, I can’t be certain, but it looks as though the Irish Trade Mark may have been registered by Wireless Media limited themselves on the initial application in 2004, and the address for service was changed to FR Kelly’s offices in 2011. Apologies for any confusion, it wasn’t my intention to mislead.

About the author 

Brian Conroy

I am a Trademark, Corporate and Commercial Litigation Solicitor with a background in the media industry. I specialise in Data Protection, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, both contentious and non-contentious. I trained with McCann FitzGerald in Dublin, and spent 13 years working within the Denis O'Brien owned Communicorp Group of radio stations. For further information or to arrange a consultation or call back phone Leman Solicitors on 01 6393000

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