Madrid Trademark Applications in 2016

20 04 2017

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has released the 2016 figures for trademark applications filed through the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid Protocol is

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Cybersquatting Scorecard

03 04 2017

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has released the latest statistics on cybersquatting cases filed in 2016. Cybersquatting is the practice of bad fai

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Rubik’s Cube Loses Trade Mark Battle

18 11 2016

The European Court of Justice has held that the shape of the iconic Rubik’s Cube cannot be  protected by a trade mark.  Since its invention in 1974 by Ernő Rubik,

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What Happens to Privacy Laws When Your Online Data Crosses International Shores?

25 10 2016

Picture this: you are a business with your headquarters based in Australia. This is where all the sales, marketing, accounting and operations occur. However, you have a b

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The Scotch Whisky Trade Mark Wars

24 10 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has successfully registered a certification trade mark for ‘Scotch Whisky’ in Taiwan. The registration of the certification mark w

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Official Trade Marks Office Fees Change

13 10 2016

With effect from 10 October 2016, the Australian Trade Marks Office has changed its trade mark fees. Local Changes The changes include: • The removal of the Trade

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Why there is no iWatch

06 10 2016

In a world full of iPhones, iPads and iMacs, Swiss watchmaker, Swatch, has successfully partially opposed Apple’s attempt to trade mark “iWatch” in the UK. In Ma

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Trade Mark Battle Over Manuka Honey

08 09 2016

A trade mark battle is looming over “MANUKA HONEY” as Australian and New-Zealand beehive owners prepare to fight over the valuable mark. Manuka honey is known

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The importance of Chinese trade mark registration

08 08 2016

Trade mark registration and Brand protection should always be a top business priority and this is especially true for companies looking to expand their activities to Chin

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Own Name Defence to Trademark Infringement

27 07 2016

A trademark battle over the term “Flexopack” has provided useful insights into the “Own Name” Defence contained under Section 122(1)(a) of the Trade Marks Act.

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