Geographical Indications News – International Updates 

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Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement (A-EUFTA)  In September 2023, we wrote about the state of negotiations for the A-EUFTA and the implications this agreement would have for Australian intellectual property law, particularly in relation to Geographical Indication trade marks.   The European Union (EU) has a long list of marks it proposed to have protected in Australia […]

Client Spotlight – Dnoodle: A New Twist on Spillproof Technology


The Product  Are you a chronic drink spiller? Dnoodle is here to help.   The invention by MBIP clients Scott and Kristy Tarratt provides a spill-free drink holder through use of aerospace magnets combined with UV-resistant polycarbonate, stainless steel components, and durable 3M adhesive.   Based in Queensland, Kristy and Scott came up with the idea for […]

Client Spotlight – VirtuReal

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Tactical and weapons training presents defence and first responder organisations with unique challenges. Insufficient realism, real-time feedback and interaction, and spatial and monetary constraints can lead to inadequate or inconsistent training outcomes for high-risk situations.  Introducing VirtuReal’s Translocative Virtual Reality (TrVR) System: A highly immersive system that can drop dismounted combatants into a large scale, […]

Client Spotlight – bobi: A Breath of Fresh Air for Stress Management

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With mental health and wellbeing becoming more of a focus for people across the world, there are more innovative inventions occurring in this space which aim to improve wellbeing for people everywhere. When psychologist Damien Thomas noticed how difficult it was for his clients (particularly those suffering from stress and anxiety) to form good breathing […]

Client Spotlight: Audeara  

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It’s always exciting when one of our local clients experiences great success – as is the case for long time client Audeara in their recent announcement of quarterly results. The last year has seen some inspiring advancements for the Australian startup, including awards, overseas expansion, and plans for new projects.   About Audeara  Hearing health is […]

Barbie has a lot of IP Under Her Stylish Belt

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After the Barbie movie’s resounding success, both Barbie and Ken costumes were incredibly popular choices for Halloween this year, and no doubt Barbie will be on many Christmas wish lists heading into the festive season. Mattel poked fun at themselves in the movie, but with plans to license many of their children’s toys properties for […]

Implications for IP in the Australia-UK and Australia-European Free Trade Agreements 

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The Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement Last year, we wrote about the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) and what it could mean for intellectual property and trade in general in Australia. The agreement has since entered into force, on 31 May 2023. It ensured favourable commercial benefits to both countries, while also including some interesting and […]

Intellectual Property in Fashion

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In today’s article we are taking a look at intellectual property in the fashion industry. From mass market fast fashion to haute couture, IP has a critical role to play in keeping your in-vogue styles protected from head to toe. We have put together a few useful considerations for those creating and working within the […]

World IP Day 2023 – Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity

Every year, in an effort to encourage people worldwide to consider IP’s role in the world of innovation, we in the IP world celebrate World Intellectual Property Day on April 26. This year’s theme is Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity, drawing focus to the ways that women can and do contribute to the […]