Zig Zag Hub’s Win in Trade Mark Opposition

Zig Zag Hub’s Win in Trade Mark Opposition

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Zig Zag Hub, a coworking space in Wollongong NSW, wins against a trade mark opposition despite the number of grounds raised by the opponent. Find out how we did it and why it’s worth defending your trade mark application.

Braintree resists attempt by software giant to cancel its trade mark

Braintree resists attempt by software giant to cancel its trade mark

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A recent Australian trade mark case has highlighted the need for brand owners to use their trade marks in the course of trade, in order to avoid the risk of a third party attempting to cancel their registration for non-use. In this case, Baxter IP was able to assist in preventing the client’s trade mark …

Taronga Conservation Society Australia vs Sydney Zoo Pty Ltd

Taronga Conservation Society Australia vs Sydney Zoo Pty Ltd

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Taronga zoo recently opposed the registration of a trademark of an up and coming zoo development in western Sydney to be named “Sydney Zoo”. The applicant, Sydney Zoo Pty Ltd was seeking to register a logo mark which had a schematic of 5 different animals in combination with the stylised wording “Sydney zoo”. The opponent’s …

Business Names, Company Names And Trade Marks – A Confusing Mix of Red Tape

Business names, company names and trade marks – a confusing mix of red tape

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When starting a new business the first thing most entrepreneurs choose is a name. Once chosen they typically have this registered with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission as a business name or as a company and mistakenly think that this gives them the rights to the name. This is absolutely not the case and …

Surnames in Trademarks

Surnames in trade marks

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People often wish to include words that are surnames into trade marks but what is allowed and what is not? In a recent decision there was highlighted that the definitive rule cannot apply by itself.  The nuances around the mark must also be considered. Surnames such as ‘McDonald’ or ‘Ford’ in relation to restaurant services and …