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Australian trade marks lost in translation

Australia - January 6 2015 Two recent Australian trade mark decisions have considered how well Australian consumers would understand the meaning or pronunciation of foreign…

New Zealand takes its second legislative step towards plain packaging for tobacco products

New Zealand - August 11 2014 The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill ("the Bill"), which aims to amend the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 to give…

Welcoming the Royal couple to the Antipodes and a caution on use of Royal as a trade mark

Australia, New Zealand - April 7 2014 With the current visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George to Australia and New Zealand there may be a temptation to use their…

Surnames as trade marks in the wine industry

Australia, New Zealand, USA - April 7 2014 It is not uncommon for Australian and New Zealand wine producers to use their name or surname as a trade mark for their wine. Some examples of…

Penny Walsh, Russell Law.

China : a land of opportunities : how to leverage your intellectual property to success

China, New Zealand - March 10 2014 We know that China is a big market. The estimated population of China in 2013 was 1.3 Billion. This is approximately 19% of the world's population…

Russell Law.