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Nick Weston is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center’s List of Arbitrators and Mediators and also the Center’s Domain Name Panel. He advises on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporations and not-for-profits, ICT, trade mark licensing & protection, reputation and brand management, domain names, trade practices compliance, sales and distribution, property, and has a strong commercial litigation practice.
The 12 November 2009 decision in Alcon Inc v Bausch & Lomb (Australia) Pty Ltd  FCA 1299 focuses almost exclusively on whether the defendant had used the plaintiff’s trade mark ‘as a trade mark’. Alcon has a registered trade mark ‘BSS’ for ophthalmic...
From 16 November 2009, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will take the first step in a long process to introduce the option of ending domain names in non-Latin characters with an aim is to improving access for 800 million-plus Internet users in non-Latin script using...
Apple is opposing registration as a trade mark the new logo of Australian supermarket chain Woolworths, claiming that the stylised green W is too similar to its own famous apple logo. Woolworths’ applications were submitted in August 2008, and seek to include a wide range...
The Full Employment Act for Domain Name Practitioners, otherwise known as the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) ‘internationalised domain names’ (IDN) program proposed by ICANN (the acronym obsessed, global domain name bureaucrats), could be active on the Internet by the end of...
In a recent decision handed down by the Federal Court, long time chocolate manufacturer, Chocolaterie Guylian N.V. (Guylian) has been unsuccessful in its attempt to register as a trade mark its seahorse-like shape praline chocolate: (Chocolaterie Guylian N.V. v Registrar of Trade...