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Trade Marks
Don’t bite my apple
Chris Baxter
Chris Baxter

Australian retailer, Woolworths Ltd, received acceptance of its new trade mark, a stylised W representing a piece of fresh produce, from IP Australia on 30th October 2008. The application covers almost all classes of the International Classification of Products and Services including Class 9 which relates to “…apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording disc; …calculating machines, data processing equipment and computers…”

This has prompted major opposition by Apple Inc which deems the trade mark too similar to the stylised apple design it uses in various forms and colours on their products which are predominantly Class 9. The opposition process commenced in January and evidence for support is due on 30th October 2009.

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Chris Baxter
Managing Director, Patent & Trade Mark Attorney
Chris Baxter is a Sydney patent and trade mark attorney specialising in software patents, computer patents, medical device patents and engineering patents.

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