Trade Marks and “style names” – can you tell the difference?

In Pinnacle Runway Pty Ltd v Triangl Limited ([2019] FCA 1662, 10 October 2019), Pinnacle Runway Pty Ltd alleged infringement of its trade mark registration for DELPHINE by Triangl Group Ltd. The allegation concerned the use of that word in relation to bikinis. Background The essential issue and basis of the ultimate decision is neatly

The examination “red carpet” for cleantech patent applications in Australia

In recent years, IP “buzzwords” have included superconductors, gene patents, business methods and computer software.  Society’s ever-increasing environmental awareness now dictates that “cleantech” is the latest vogue.  The Australian Patent Office offers the facility to request expedited examination of any patent application if the applicant provides good reason (this may be as vague as “commercialisation”). 

New Australian patents claiming chemical compounds may be vulnerable to revocation

It seems that the abolition of Australia’s second-tier patent system, the innovation patent, (as detrimental as this will be for Australian business) could be considered as a high-profile distraction to divert attention away from new laws that will potentially render patents claiming chemical compounds, with reference to a structural formula, vulnerable to invalidation.   This

Australia’s innovation patent, extinct by June 2021

The Intellectual Property Amendment (Productivity Commission Response part 2 and other Measures) Bill 2019 was passed by the Senate on 16 October 2019. This will result in the abolition of Australia’s second-tier patent system, the innovation patent.   Many small- and medium-sized Australian businesses and relevant industry groups, including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and

Malaysian Trade Marks Update– Trademarks Bill 2019

Malaysia has introduced a new Trademarks Bill 2019 (Bill) which is set to replace the current Trade Marks Act 1976. It is anticipated that the new Act will come into force on 27 December 2019.   Some of the key changes are set out below: Accession to the Madrid Protocol Malaysia is set to join

Ride2Work Day: Wacky bicycle patents

It’s that time of the year once more in Australia: National Ride2Work Day (Wednesday 16 October 2019).  In celebration of pedal power, here’s a tour of some weird and wacky cycling patents:   One wheeled vehicle (US patent 325,548) This curious vehicle, where the rider sits inside the wheel, was patented by John Otto Lose

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