A Day in the working life of an Australian Attorney: Q & A with Caleb Maher

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Intellectual property (IP) is such an interesting mix of law and commercial practicality. While it is a niche area, working in IP means we get to meet with people and business owners from all industries, see all the innovative work they’re doing, and help them achieve IP protection for their brands, products and services. The […]

WHO RULES THE ROOST OF CERTIFICATION TRADE MARKS

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Following on from my previous posts regarding defensive and series trade marks, we continue our summary of less common trade mark applications which may be beneficial in providing additional protection to your brand in Australia. Defensive, series, collective and certification trade marks are not common trade mark applications, but provide unique and strategic protection which […]

MORE THAN JUST A PILOT: HOW TO GREENLIGHT YOUR TRADE MARKS TO A SERIES

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Following on from our previous post in this series regarding less utilised trade mark applications which may be beneficial in providing additional protection to your brand or a new and efficient avenue of protection not previously considered, we continue our summary of less common trade marks. Defensive, series, collective and certification trade marks are not […]

The Best Defense is a Good Offense – A Case for Defensive Trade Marks

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This is the first of a series of articles regarding less utilised trade mark applications which may be beneficial in providing additional protection to your brand or a new and efficient avenue of protection not previously considered. Defensive, series, and collective trade marks are not common trade mark applications but provide unique and strategic protection […]

TERRIBLE TRADE MARK MYTHS AND HOW TO AVOID TROUBLE

When it comes to trade marks applications, trying to save money in the short term can often lead to undesirable outcomes and/or exponentially higher costs at a later date. Below are some of the common statements we hear new enquirers make time and time again. I’ll worry about my trade mark when I start making […]

Snooze on the brews and you might lose

It can be easy to overlook intellectual property rights as they apply to beverages. However, beverage producers may be surprised to learn that many facets of their brand and products may be protected by various intellectual property rights. The intellectual property rights which may be relevant to your beverage are trade marks, designs, trade secrets, […]

Unjustifiably Outraged – The Potential Drawbacks of Incorrectly Alleging Infringement

Imagine this: You are browsing through the internet and come across a product or logo which you are ‘absolutely certain’ infringes your intellectual property rights – e.g. a patent application. In a fit of rage, you immediately contact the seller/supplier and allege they infringe your intellectual property rights, and you are going to sue them […]

Copy That – GME makes the Case for Design Protection

Often times clients question whether they should seek patent protection OR design protection. While the facts of each scenario may render either patent or design protection impractical, the case of GME Pty Ltd v Uniden Australia Pty Ltd [2022] FCA 520 makes it clear that design protection is not to be overlooked. Background Facts Generally […]