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Colour marks: planning ahead for trade mark registration

Australia - December 6 2017 Generic colours can never be trade marks, for example red for cola beverages or yellow for printed directories. Descriptive colours...


Understanding Brand Protection in China: Beyond Trade Mark Registration

China - October 5 2016 Use the administrative processes available in China to protect brands and trade marks as they are relatively straightforward. They are less expensive...


Reasons for registering Copyright in China

China - March 18 2016 The legislation and procedures for protection of trade marks in China are undergoing evolution and enhancement, especially since the establishment of...


Trans-Pacific Partnership: The monster out of the cupboard

Australia - February 8 2016 Australia is now a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite the large amount of negative publicity it initially received. Joanne Martin, FB...


New rules for determining availability of a business name

Australia - August 7 2015 Registration of a business name is managed under the Business Names Registration Act 2011. The rules for determining whether a business name is...