Australian Trade Mark Fee Changes

The Australian Trade Marks Office (‘IP Australia’) has recently announced official fee changes effective from 1 October 2020.   The most significant change is an increase to trade mark application fees. The official fees payable (per class) for a standard application are being raised from AU$330 to AU$400. This provides an even greater incentive to

Free Service – International Trade Mark Registrations Designating Australia

For those of you managing international trade marks, you may have noticed that in the last few months the Australian Office has begun including the following sentence with their Statements of Grant of Protection:   Please note that as required under the Australian Trade Mark Regulations 1995 you are required to notify the Registrar, in

Protecting the brand assets of Australia’s most iconic surf lifesaving club

Our pro bono program is a cornerstone of our Corporate Responsibility efforts. In 2014 we signed on to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre’s Aspirational Target. We also appointed Katrina Crooks as our Pro Bono Partner. Under Katrina’s stewardship, we are working hard to increase the amount of pro bono work we undertake, and improve

Trade Marks Office issues first decision under new rules on extensions of time

Changes to the regulations governing extensions of time in trademark opposition proceedings in Australia came into effect on April 15 2013 as a consequence of the Raising the Bar legislation. The Australian Trademarks Office has now issued its first decision (MG Icon LLC v Caprice Australia Pty Ltd) on whether to grant an extension under those provisions. The

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

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