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Uber fame of McDonald’s various 'Mc-' marks prevails
  • Watermark Patent & Trade Marks Attorneys
  • Australia
  • May 20 2016

This recent Trade Marks Office case further reinforces McDonald’s monopoly over the use of the ‘Mc’ prefix for trade marks relating to food products

DIY in the age of IDK - Self-Filing Trade Mark Applications
  • Spruson & Ferguson
  • Australia
  • May 19 2016

According to recent statistics, companies under two years (start-ups) file more trade marks than longer established companies. Many start-ups

.au domain to open for direct registrations
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • Australia
  • May 17 2016

The central registry for .au domain names, auDA, has just announced it will be opening the .au domain for direct registrations, so it will soon be

Butts out for Philip Morris - lessons for structuring investments to take advantage of investment treaty protections
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Australia, Hong Kong
  • May 17 2016

Last night the reasons for the decision in Philip Morris' billion dollar challenge to Australia's plain packaging legislation were released. The

Use of trademarks as keywords not infringement, Australia court holds
  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Australia, Canada
  • May 13 2016

The purchase of a competitor’s trade-mark as an online advertising keyword is not an infringement, according to a recent Federal Court of Australia

Productivity Commission Report: Trade mark owners take note
  • Griffith Hack
  • Australia
  • May 12 2016

The Commission was particularly concerned with “cluttering” of the Trade Marks Register. Cluttering is defined as when Applicants “register trade

AdWords: we’re all on the same page
  • ENSafrica
  • Australia, South Africa
  • May 12 2016

A recent Australian decision on keyword usage of a registered trade mark is in line with decisions in many other countries, including South Africa

Competitors’ Trade Marks as AdWords: brand abuse or legitimate practice?
  • Williams + Hughes
  • Australia
  • May 9 2016

A very recent Federal Court decision, Veda Advantage v Malouf Group Enterprises 2016 FCA 255 (21 March 2016), considered the issue of trade mark

Protect your most valuable asset
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia
  • April 29 2016

How much is your brand worth? While it's complicated to ascribe a monetary value to a brand, it's clear that the brand is the most valuable asset many

Productivity Commission recommends extensive changes to Australian IP - including fair use, circumventing geoblocks, abolishing business method and software patents and more!
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Australia
  • April 29 2016

Today, the Productivity Commission has released its draft report into Australia's intellectual property arrangements. IP Whiteboard readers may