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Surnames in Trademarks


People often wish to include words that are surnames into trademarks but what is allowed and what is not? In a recent decision there was highlighted that the definitive rule cannot […]

Did Apple really lose the iPhone trademark battle with a Chinese handbag maker?


iPhone v IPHONE Reports have filtered through from China that Apple have lost control of the trademark ‘iPhone’, because a Chinese company has successfully: obtained a Chinese trademark registration for ‘IPHONE’, […]

Formality Objections in IP applications


When you file an application for national or international protection of your intellectual property (IP) through a patent, design registration or trade mark registration, your application will go through an […]

European Community Designs extend beyond Paris Convention period


We have recently been asked a very interesting and commercially important question, which we thought we would share. Background: We have filed design applications in Australia, and corresponding applications in […]

Trademarks vs. Copyright


Trademarks versus Copyright Trademarks are signs or symbols, usually in the form of words, logos, or combinations of words and logos. Trademarks are used in the course of trade or […]

Trademarks in the U.S.A.


USA is one of the 2 top economic markets in the world.  Therefore it is important that your primary marketing tool of your trademark is protected in the short term […]

Patents – Is this the way to go? There has to be a balance, but what is it?


The High Court of Australia is to hear whether Myriad Genetics’ gene patent stands in an appeal by Queensland cancer survivor Yvonne DÁrcy In September 2014, breast cancer sufferers were […]

Are Design Registrations becoming a more useful IP protection?


Earlier this week the Australian Government’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property published its final report that was completed in March 2015.  The report of the Design registration system follows a […]

Website Disputes – the importance of Trade Marks to protect your website


Having a registered Trade Mark is an advantage in a dispute resolution procedure to maintain or to retrieve a similar domain name from another website registrant. Consider the situation where […]

Combination Of Known Integers Can Be A Patentable Invention


An invention can comprise features or integers A + B +C.  The question is whether it is essential that at least one of those features is novel and inventive or […]


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