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Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Chocolate is the answer – what’s the question?

Confectionery companies and chocolatier giants, Mars and Mondelez International, have been battling over the use of a lower case ‘m’ on Mars’ packaging of […]

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Architectural plans – copyright or wrong?

Property developers, architects and builders should be aware that using a third party’s plans may result in copyright infringement. In a recent decision in […]

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Blue skies or storm ahead?

A recent EU case highlights the importance of trade mark clearance searches and brand strategy from an early stage. Of notable interest is the fact that this st […]

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Target v TAR JAY: Parody or rip-off?

Australians have a penchant for jocular nicknames. And we’re not just talking on the footy field. Aussie jargon even stretches to the corporate space. Take th […]

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Deja brew?

We recently commented on Cantarella’s ground breaking High Court decision in relation to the use of the word ‘ORO’ (meaning ‘gold’ in Italian and Span […]

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Comparing Apples with apps

In a previous post (Apple takes a bite out of retail) we reviewed Apple’s US trade mark application for its iconic layout of flagship stores. Closer to home, […]

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The star’s the limit – molto bene

Who would have thought a spat between two Australian coffee sellers - Cantarella and Modena – would create such a stir? Not a mere battle between baristas, bu […]

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Fluid trade marking

People typically think of trade marks as being static 2 dimensional brands with which consumers develop a familiarity over time. Enter contemporary marketeers a […]

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Why Converse is suing 31 companies

The popular shoe company Converse (now owned by Nike) recently filed lawsuits against retailers and manufacturers, who it alleges have been making counterfeits […]

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Shhhh… it’s a (trade) secret

Most employees are privy to confidential information during the course of their employment. Employers usually include provisions in employment contracts prohibi […]

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