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6-month grace period soon to expire - Section 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act

Australia - August 23 2019 13 September 2019, marks the end of the 6-month grace period for IP rights holders to ensure that any existing agreements and contracts are compliant…

Protecting your brand assets - Don’t be a cereal offender

New Zealand - August 20 2019 A recent Hearing Office decision of the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office has highlighted the difficultly of registering non-traditional trade…

Brewing storm over 'Pacific' fails to blow over appeal court

Australia - April 24 2018 Craft beer brewer Stone & Wood fails in appeal against an earlier judgement that the terms 'Pacific ale' and 'Pacific' used by rival brewer Elixir…

Untangling names: sorting out the difference between trade marks, business names, company names and domain names

Australia - March 27 2018 What to call a business can be a knotty problem. Here we look at the different kinds of business names and how they work. The various types of names…

Look who’s smiling - Crocodile International wins New Zealand trade mark case against Lacoste

New Zealand - March 6 2017 The New Zealand Supreme Court has recently issued a decision in the long running dispute between fashion brands Crocodile International Pte Ltd and…