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Fish food feuds and authorised trade mark use – Trident Seafoods v Trident Foods
Insight 28 Aug 2019

The ongoing fish food feud between Trident Foods Pty Ltd ( Trident ) and Trident Seafood Corporation ( TSC ) continues. Although Trident's trade mark registrations survived the initial non-use ...

A grape result – exporter of copycat Penfolds wines ordered to pay
Insight 25 Jun 2019

Companies exporting wine labelled with the Chinese equivalent of Australia's famous Penfolds brand have been ordered to pay more than $350,000 in damages for trade mark infringement. ...

IP insurance: are you sure it's too expensive?
Insight 25 Jun 2019

IP disputes can be costly. One way firms can manage this risk is to obtain IP insurance. Once regarded as too expensive to work, recent developments in the market suggest that, for smaller businesses in particular, protection may now be more affordable. ...

Stylkea – a bad idea?
Insight 25 Jun 2019

Two recent examples of Australian businesses clashing with multinational businesses in relation to trade marks serve as cautionary tales for all businesses. ...

From Budapest to Wellington – Patents for microorganisms in New Zealand
Insight 18 Apr 2019

New Zealand recently acceded to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure ( Budapest Treaty ), which came into force ...

Significant fee changes for patents and trade marks are coming in New Zealand
Insight 18 Apr 2019

On 2 April 2019, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand ( IPONZ ) announced a number of patent and trade mark fee changes that will take effect later in 2019. The changes will result in a ...

The EU Copyright Directive – still more questions than answers
Insight 18 Apr 2019

Last October, we reported on the European Parliament's vote to adopt changes to the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The final form of the Directive was approved in March, and o ...

Banksy stops unauthorised merchandising in Italian museum
Insight 18 Apr 2019

A company called Pest Control, which claims to act on behalf of the anonymous street artist Banksy, has won a trade mark infringement claim against an art exhibition organiser for selling Banksy ...

I like it [trade marked] like that, OKURRR?
Insight 18 Apr 2019

American rapper Cardi B brought trade mark law into news headlines recently when the rapper's company, Washpoppin Inc., lodged trade mark applications in the US for 'OKURRR'. What is OKURRR, and wh ...

Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery
Insight 18 Apr 2019

The decision of Jim Beam Brands Co v Donald and Christine Crowden [2019] ATMO 21 sends a clear warning to traders wishing to adopt trade marks that essentially replicate well-known marks, while als ...