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The rise of plant-based 'meats' and emerging legal issues
Insight 12 Dec 2019

The demand for plant-based 'meat' alternatives is predicted to grow. As with any new industry, there is a series of regulatory issues that businesses should carefully navigate at the early planning phase. This is to avoid encountering issues down the track that may affect the marketing and supply of such products in Australia. ...

Australia's Modern Slavery Act – one year on
Insight 11 Dec 2019

Australia's modern slavery reporting regime was introduced one year ago, and 2020 will see the first set of modern slavery statements published by reporting entities. This is, therefore, a timely ...

Freedom to Feta – where is Australia headed on geographical indications?
Insight 10 Dec 2019

With negotiations underway for the free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union (the A-EU FTA), Australian businesses that produce, buy or sell EU and non-EU food, agricultural goods and spirit drinks have to confront the possibility that Australia will agree to give much stronger protection to the names of hundreds of EU products that indicate their geographical origin. We look at some of the key issues in the EU's proposal that would impact Australian businesses' operations and IP portfolios, and consider some of the agreed compromise positions in the EU's other recent FTAs. ...

What is on the horizon for competition and consumer laws?
Insight 10 Dec 2019

In his recent address to the RBB Economics Forum, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims identified a number of key focus areas for the regulator. The Chairman offered valuable insight into potential future developments in the competition and consumer law space, including the ACCC's approach to mergers, the possible introduction of a prohibition against unfair trading practices, and further scrutiny of the agricultural sector. We explore the impact of the ACCC's agenda on the food and beverage sector. ...

Monopolising foods using trade marks
Insight 09 Dec 2019

Trade mark registration is intended to protect the brand of one trader's goods or services from that of another trader. Despite this, businesses in the food industry have increasingly sought trade mark registration for signs that inherently describe the food for which trade mark registration is sought. ...

What the Packaging and Plastics Bill means for you
Insight 05 Dec 2019

The Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the Bill ) aims to combat the use of single-use plastics in Australia by establishing a mandatory product stewardship ...

Use of your own name must be in good faith
Insight 12 Aug 2019

Even where a family business is making use of its own surname, trade mark infringement and passing off are likely to be found where the conduct is not in good faith and has caused actual confusion. ...

Unity of porpoise means no mere aqua-escence in latest Trident decision
Insight 12 Aug 2019

The latest appeal decision in a longstanding trade mark feud between US-based seafood giant Trident Seafoods Corporation and Australian company Trident Foods Pty Ltd has eased the burden of ...

Unwrapping recent developments in the food sector
Insight 12 Aug 2019

Associates Tiernan Christensen and Nick Li report on some noteworthy developments relevant to the food industry in Australia. ...

From lab to pasture to plate - amendments to the National Gene Technology Scheme
Insight 12 Aug 2019

As gene technologies advance, regulatory certainty is paramount. The Federal Government has amended the scheme that regulates the release of genetically modified organisms into the environment in a ...

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