Ride2Work Day: What role has intellectual property played in the success of the Brompton folding bike?

It’s that time of the year again: it’s National Ride2Work Day (Wednesday 17 October 2018). With this in mind, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show my appreciation for my favourite way to travel to work: the Brompton folding bicycle. I take a brief look at the bike and the role of intellectual property

Best Trade Mark Cases 2016

Welcome to Shelston IP’s 2016 round up of key trade mark cases in Australia and New Zealand.   Non-use cases made a frequent appearance in 2016, including interesting decisions on the level of control required over a licensee to rely on the licensee’s use of the trade mark, and whether a foreign entity can be

Best Australian trade mark cases of 2013-2014

In 2013 the Federal Court of Australia has provided useful guidance on some key aspects of trade mark infringement and protection including: how registrability of trade marks consisting of foreign language words should be assessed (but stay tuned because this case has now gone to the High Court) the Court’s attitude to survey evidence (don’t

Trade mark blunder not the way to go

In late January it was widely reported that New Jersey Transit failed to register seven trade marks including its logo and well-known slogan, ‘NJ Transit the way to go’. The error was costly, both from a financial perspective and a reputational one. As the state’s public transport corporation, NJ Transit operates 230-plus bus routes and

Similarity in trade dress sufficient in opposition

Altanea Gida Anonim Sirketi (the Holder) and Red Bull GmbH (Red Bull) are in dispute in a number of jurisdictions. In Australia, the Holder sought registration for the mark. Red Bull opposed on the basis of its reputation in respect of the trade dress used on its cans. The Hearing Officer confirmed that under s60

Trade mark filing fees increase

In May 2012, Shelston IP reported on various official fee increases for trade mark matters. Some of those increases will come into effect on 1 October 2012: Item (per class) Current Fee Fee from 1 October 2012 Electronic application – no pick list $160 $200 Electronic application – with pick list $120 $120 Electronic Series Trade Mark

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