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Insta, the power of a prefix - Instagram successfully opposes registration of INSTADATE

Australia - October 28 2021 Instagram is often referred to as “Insta”, and the power of consumer recognition of that reference has helped Instagram LLC succeed in opposing the…

Lan Pham

All in the name of… Barton: the difficulty of registering surnames and place names in Australia

Australia - June 17 2021 The recent decision of NATOWatchbands.com LLC [2021] ATMO 31 illustrates the difficulty in registering surnames and place names as trade marks in…

Shannon Fati

Urban Alley Brewery Pty Ltd v La Sirène Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 82

Australia - June 4 2020 The Federal Court case of Urban Alley Brewery Pty Ltd v La Sirène Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 82 illustrates the difficulties that can arise from using…

Lucy Hartland

Australia Update: Carriage service providers ordered to block illegal torrent and streaming websites

Australia - December 16 2016 Yesterday (Thursday 15 December) the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision in proceedings brought by Roadshow and Foxtel against…

Khajaque Kortian

Crouching trade mark, hidden reform

China - February 12 2015 Significant amendments recently made to trade mark laws in China have streamlined the filing process and improved the position of brand owners. If…