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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hammies caught short when it comes to trade marks: Levi’s takes issue with shorts-maker

Levi Strauss & Co. v. Hammies Company, 3:22-cv-07056 (N.D. Cal.).  Levi’s has filed a trade mark related lawsuit against Santa Barbara-based apparel company Hammies. According to the complaint filed by Levi Strauss & CO (Levi’s) in federal court on November 10, Levi’s claims that Hammies use of little fabric tags is infringing their “famous” tab […]

MBIP ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: Q&A

We had two more IP professionals join our team in 2022. We take this opportunity to learn more about our newest team member, her background, and what brought her to the intellectual property profession.  Vanessa Yeung, Patent & Trade Mark Attorney   Where did you grow up? In the UK, specifically in London. I have […]

Ceres Tag – better outcomes for farmers, livestock and wildlife conservation

As we’ve previously highlighted in past articles, the Ceres Tag smart animal ear tag is an Australian innovation that was released into the market in 2020 and has reduced risk and cost for livestock operators by monitoring movement data of their animals. Reduction of livestock theft Ceres Tag continues to innovate and as more tags […]

IP Rights and Indigenous Knowledge (IK)

Indigenous people and communities have unique needs in relation to intellectual property, which can be sensitive given their social, historical, political, and cultural complexities. IP Australia uses Indigenous Knowledge (IK) as a term to cover a range of knowledge held and continually developed by Australia’s First Nations (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander) people. It includes: […]

Aquarium pioneers – Advanced Aquarium Technologies®

Advanced Aquarium Technologies® (AAT) is a world leader in the design, construction, and operation of landmark public aquariums. The company has delivered major projects in 25 countries, including Den Blå Planet (the national aquarium of Denmark), the Oman Aquarium, the Cube Oceanarium in Chengdu, China, and the Ocean Park Grand Aquarium in Hong Kong. Closer […]