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

Best Australian and New Zealand trade mark cases of 2012

2012 was an important year for parallel importing cases in Australia. The Full Federal Court affirmed on two occasions that a breach of territorial manufacturing restrictions by a licensee will prevent an Australian importer of those goods from arguing that the trade marks have been applied with consent of the trade mark owner. However, this

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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