Could your competitor’s business name be too close to your trademark and/or your preferred brand? New businesses often spend a lot of time developing their branding before looking into business and trademark registration. And some of these new businesses will eventually discover that their preferred trademarks are very similar to other people’s registered business names. […]
Fashion businesses are increasingly using ‘style names’ by way of product line extensions. For example Polo Ralph Lauren® has offered a variety of khaki trousers here in Australia under style names such as ‘Andrew’, ‘Varsity’, ‘Bedford’ and so on. The closer you look, the more often you’ll see this in the world of fashion and […]
It should soon be easier for you to stop counterfeit trademarks with blockchain. The Australian Trade Marks Office (IP Australia) is developing blockchain technology to help. This Is Great News For Australian Trade Mark Owners Apparently, more than 3% of world trade is in counterfeit goods. Now, trade marks are relatively inexpensive. But enforcing international […]
Domain name trademark rules: important news for overseas companies planning to operate in Australia.
Domain name scams are increasingly common. Is someone using your name as a domain name? Here’s what you can do.
As a public service, I’m repeating in full a recent article from my friend David Bennett. It’s an important warning to anyone operating in China. The copyright for this material is owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. Originally published on September 26, 2019 David Bennett Counsellor (Intellectual Property) at the Australian Embassy Beijing I always urge […]
auDA is presently reviewing its licensing rules for domain name registration. One important change is that simply owning (or having applied for) a registered Australian trade mark may soon be enough to qualify you for the ‘presence’ test. Previously, one needed some form of legal personality present in Australia to register a “.au” domain. If […]
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ‘INTERNATIONAL’ APPLICATION? The requirements for an ‘international’ application are: you must have an application and/or a registration in Australia on which to base your application you must meet entitlement requirements within Australia the mark on the international application must be identical to that contained on the Australian application/registration likewise, […]
In response to a question we received about certification trade marks, here’s a brief guide. It draws on information from IP Australia, and adds some of our own insights. What Is A Certification Trade Mark? A certification trade mark is a special type of registered intellectual property right. Unlike a standard trade mark, which is […]
What are the benefits of filing under the Madrid Protocol? The key benefit of filing under the Madrid Protocol is that you can take your existing Australian trade mark registration, and then roll it out into any of the ‘Madrid’ member countries by submitting one single application. This is usually simpler and cheaper than directly […]