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The value of registering copyright in China

China - September 3 2020 The registration of copyright in China can be a useful weapon for brand owners in the protection of intellectual property rights...

New Zealand: New Year Brings Changes to Trade Marks Act

New Zealand - March 16 2020 The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Act 2019 came into effect in New Zealand on January 13, 2020, introducing the following key...

Descriptive trade marks: can David, Goliath and all their mates now use “community bank”?

Australia - December 2 2019 In rectification proceedings, the Federal Court of Australia recently allowed Cancellation of a registration for “COMMUNITY BANK” under s88 of the...

Trade mark use must meet standards for ‘Authorised Use’

Australia - May 1 2019 The decision of the Federal Court in Calico Global Pty Ltd v. Calico LLC, 2018 FCA 2096, which was issued on December 21, 2018, is a reminder for...

Australia: trade mark non-use grace period scaled back

Australia - February 25 2019 On 24 February 2019 the remainder of a number of IP legislation improvements under the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission...