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WIPO Cybersquatting Cases Reach New Record in 2018

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has released its annual report in relation to cybersquatting cases it heard under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). WIPO reports that trade mark owners filed a record of 3,447 cases under the UDRP with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2018. According to WIPO, this is […]

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New Amendments to Australia’s IP Laws: Non-Use Applications

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (the Act) is introducing new changes to Australia’s IP regime. This article will consider the changes to the grace period for non-use applications under the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth). What is a non-use application? A non-use application is an […]

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How to Monitor my Trade Mark for Infringement?

A trade mark, sometimes called a ‘brand’ is used to signify that products or services originate from a particular entity or business. Proprietary rights in a trade mark may be obtained either by use (so-called ‘common law’ rights) or by registration (‘statutory rights’). Common law rights arise when a trade mark is used to such […]

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New Amendments to Australia’s IP Laws: Parallel Importation

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (the Act) is introducing new changes to Australia’s IP regime. This article will consider some of the major changes to parallel importations introduced by the Act and how these impact upon the current IP regime. What is parallel importation? Parallel […]

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How to Get an International Trade Mark?

Even if you have registered a trade mark in your home country, this does not guarantee protection when you decide to expand your brand and market your products or services globally. Your trade marks may have protection in the geographical places where they are registered, but if you are trading overseas, you should consider whether […]

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3 Important Trade Mark Considerations

Descriptiveness Though it might be tempting to opt for a descriptive name for your brand to assist consumers with brand recognition, choosing a name that is too descriptive often results in a brand that is not be capable of registration as trade mark. Consider, for example, the brand name ‘Global Exports’ which is in the […]

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Funny Trade Mark Quotes

The Beginning of a Trade Mark If you’ve had any experience with trade marks, then you know it can be an exciting process. A trade mark gives you ownership of the name and the legal right to use that mark exclusively to brand your business and prevent others from doing so. From the time that […]

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The Basics of Copyright Law in Australia

What is copyright? Copyright is a form of intellectual property that protects the creator of an original work (or other subject matter) by granting exclusive rights in that work. These rights allow creators to control how their work is used and provides creators a means to commercialise their works. Who is the owner of copyright? […]

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What Do Trade Mark Attorneys Do?

Registering a trade mark can feel somewhat expensive for an on-a-budget startup! Therefore, hiring a trade mark attorney can seem out of reach when you are paying for all your other “legals”. But self-filing your trade make does not necessarily mean that you will save on money or time. If it is not done right, […]

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ATMOSS – IP Australia – Australian Trade Mark Search

What is the Australian Trade Mark Search? The Australian Trade Mark Search is a directory provided by IP Australia to assist with trade mark searches. The Australian Trade Mark Search is the successor of the former Australian Trade Marks Online Search System (ATMOSS). The Australian Trade Mark Search is an essential tool for performing initial […]

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