Rather than using a bank, there are specialist international payment organisations that assist their clients to save substantial amounts of money throughout the process. One of the manners in which they do this is to offer better-than-bank exchange rates. For every £1,000 exchanged the savings on better rates could be up to £40 – extend that over a series of payments, or on one large payment and the savings add up!
WEDNESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2011
Residential Property Prices in Portugal fell even further in January with the Algarve emerging as the country’s weakest real estate market, according to the latest figures.
At a national level, weakening demand is the main factor weighing down on prices, the January Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Confidencial Imobiliário Portuguese Housing Market survey shows.
The main thing is obviously the new name..let us explain why?
Hello! Magazine has raised trademark objections to our name.
We were surprised to find that in the closing minutes of our 2 month long Trademark registration campaign that Hello! Magazine obviously got very worried about us and sent 2 separate objections (one 39 pages long!) against the Trademark Name of HelloPortugal. They believe their 2 million readers of their weekly, celebrity focused magazine would get the two names confused!!! … I suppose with hindsight it is possible to see how their readers might! We did do our homework and knew that HelloPortugal readers would certainly not get mixed up with Hello!, especially in Portugal where their magazine is only distributed in Spanish and called Hola!’
We did some research and found that Hello Magazine actually object to anyone trying to use the word Hello in their trademark, worldwide! Even when used for clothing, stationery or perfumes (just to give some examples of objections they have made). It seems that Hello Magazine believe that they have the exclusive right to the word Hello..oh! silly us, we thought it was just another English word in everyday use.
Hello Magazine’s objections are to HelloPortugal using the word ‘Hello’ in the title, and using our website www.hello-portugal.com. They have even gone so far as to tell us that we are not permitted to use an exclamation mark with the word hello e.g. Hello! Not that we had, but apart from seemingly owning the word Hello, they also own the exclamation mark!’
It takes about 4-5 years to successfully overturn a trademark objection... but we have much more important things to be getting along with, so we are not going to bother!’
So on that note, and to those more important things ...“Hey Portugal”, is the new name for HelloPortgual. Keep an eye out for our new Portugal Magazine and don't say Hello...say Hey!
Please note that the information below was written on 19th May 2010
For the very latest update from a press conference in Lisbon on the 18th October 2010, click here