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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 why are these trade mark applications making global headlines? Trade Marks Attorney Thomas Campbell inves ...

When you use what doesn't Belong to you…
Insight 18 Apr 2019

Telstra Corporation Limited v BelongEnergy Pty Ltd (VID206/2019), recently resolved by consent orders in Telstra's favour, highlights the importance and utility of adequate trade mark protection. ...

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 merchandise in a museum gift shop. ...

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 in New Zealand on 17 March 2019. Managing Associate Tony Shaw discusses what this means for patent appli ...

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 significant increase in official fees throughout the lifecycle of a patent, and moderate fee reductions f ...

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 on 15 April, the Council of the European Union gave the Directive the green light. This means Member Sta ...

NZ self-disclosure 'grace period' provisions take effect
Insight 28 Feb 2019

On 30 December 2018, New Zealand introduced a one year 'grace period' for filing a patent application following an inadvertent public self-disclosure of the invention. Associate Claire Gregg takes a closer look at how the new provision protects applicants. ...

A pattern of infringement
Insight 28 Feb 2019

The recent decision in The Dempsey Group Pty Ltd v Spotlight Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 2016 on what constitutes the reproduction of a substantial part of a copyright work offers a timely reminder for Australian textile merchants on how best to thread the needle when purchasing designs from third-party manu ...

ACCC's good result in bad faith claim
Insight 28 Feb 2019

The ACCC recently brought its first two cases alleging a breach of the good faith obligation in the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes – Franchising) Regulation 2014 (the Franchising Code). In each instance, the ACCC successfully established both a lack of good faith and breaches of the Austra ...

'Best method' a heavy burden for patentees
Insight 28 Feb 2019

Despite a global trend away from requiring patentees to disclose the best method of performing their invention, Australia continues to impose an arguably obsolete, yet increasingly onerous, statutory best method requirement. Associate Claire Gregg discusses the recent developments. ...

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