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Exhaustion of rights doctrine is now in Australia
Insight 15 Dec 2020

Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corporation confirms the exhaustion of rights doctrine now applies to Australian patent law. Patent owners cannot exercise their rights under the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) (Act) over specific patented products once those specific products have been sold onto the market. ...

Court calls last drinks on URBAN ALE trade mark
Insight 15 Dec 2020

Is URBAN ALE a distinctive trade mark? Would you consider the words URBAN PALE (displayed prominently on your stubby) to merely describe the type of beer? Are inner-city breweries 'cool', 'trendy' ...

Who's the fairest of them all? Comparative advertising amongst cosmetic competitors
Insight 15 Dec 2020

In recent proceedings before the Federal Court, Allergan was unsuccessful in its claim for infringement of its registered BOTOX trade marks against Self Care. Allergan alleged that Self Care ...

Removal of trade marks for non-use – a bittersweet end for "LIME"
Insight 15 Dec 2020

A recent Federal Court decision has highlighted how different factors can impact the assessment of a non-use application under section 92(4) of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth). 1 The Taxiprop decisi ...

Down-scheduling CBD and growing Australia's cannabis industry
Insight 10 Nov 2020

The Therapeutics Goods Administration is proposing amendments to the Poisons Standard to permit pharmacists to sell low-dose cannabidiol (CBD) products without a prescription. Businesses intending to import, manufacture and supply cannabis products in the Australian market should monitor these developments closely. ...

Copyright in the Aboriginal flag
Insight 30 Oct 2020

A Senate Select Committee established to look into the flag's copyright and licensing arrangements recently rejected an approach that would that would see the Government compulsorily acquire the copyright of an Aboriginal artist. ...

A battle with Banksy
Insight 30 Oct 2020

Banksy has lost his trade mark rights to his notorious Flower Thrower artwork in the EU. The EUIPO's decision reflects on bad faith registrations in the EU and offers other important food for thought in the context of trade mark and copyright law. ...

Burger rivals in dispute with the lot
Insight 30 Oct 2020

McDonald's has sued Hungry Jack's in an effort to have the latter's trade mark, Big Jack, cancelled based on various grounds. Regardless of the outcome, the case is a timely reminder to use caution when employing comparative advertising against competitors. ...

The Ripple effect: unintended consequences of poor international trade mark awareness
Insight 30 Oct 2020

The Federal Court of Australia has granted an interlocutory injunction preventing Ripple from advertising in Australia under 'PayID' branding until the determination of its ongoing dispute with NPP Australia Limited. It reinforces the need to ensure your trade marks are not being infringed by international businesses advertising or offering online services to Australian customers under deceptively similar branding. ...

Lorna Jane antivirus activewear claims don't workout
Insight 08 Sep 2020

A recent set of infringement notices issued by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, including against clothing manufacturer Lorna Jane, highlights the importance of businesses carefully scrutinising all claims made about any health-related benefits of their products. We break down the elements of that case and its significance for advertising and marketing claims. ...