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What’s in a name? A potentially effective strategy for achieving trade mark protection for some marks involving a surname

Australia - December 9 2016 Many businesses in Australia, and around the world, use a person's surname in their branding or trading name; some are named after their founders…

IP in depth: protecting the appearance of a product as a trade mark

Australia - September 9 2015 It is occasionally the case that a successful product can transcend its inherent functional value, and become a cultural icon in its own right…

IP in depth: difficulties with establishing grounds of opposition based on descriptive or suggestive trade marks

Australia - June 16 2015 A recent case in Australia highlights some of the considerations that business owners must take into account when selecting a company name or brand…

Paul Thompson.

Breakthrough on private label goods – what does it mean for brand owners?

Australia - March 5 2014 In November 2013, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) announced that it had reached an agreement with Australia's two largest supermarket…

Protecting heritage brands – no beers for you

Australia - December 5 2013 The long running dispute between Fosters and Thunder Road Brewing has finally come to a close, with Fosters to retain ownership of the majority of…