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choosing a brand
An Australian brewing giant has been forced to change the name of an entire beer range after losing a trade mark infringement case in the High Court of Australia brought by a US wine giant. Mmmm, beer. Reminds me of that famous exchange between the then High Court judges and counsel during...
Australian idiom for “it will be alright” is “she’ll be apples” but recently, Apple Inc found that she won’t. A recent decision by a Delegate of the Registrar of Trade Marks (Apple Inc v Wholesale Central Pty Ltd  ATMO 7) has found against Apple Inc., and...
HUGGIES WINS ON APPEAL - OVERLAPPING TRADE CHANNELS MAY LEAD TO OVERTURNING OF TRADE MARKS REGISTRATION
In Kimberley-Clark Worldwide, Inc v. Goulimis 2008 FCA 1415 (16 September 2008), the applicant (Kimberley-Clark) made an appeal to the Federal Court of Australia and successfully quashed the Registrar’s decision on 17 January 2008. The Registrar had allowed the respondent to...
In an act guaranteed to pick a fight with two 800 pound gorillas, an attempt to register the mash-up name ‘GOOGLEBAY’ as a trade mark in Australia has failed. This follows a WIPO Panel decision that the same applicant transfer the domain name <googlebay.com.au> to Google Inc.Trade...
Nicholas Weston ranked by Managing Intellectual Property World Intellectual Property Survey 2008 and IP Handbook (Update)
The Managing IP World Intellectual Property Survey 2008, which publishes detailed rankings of the leading firms practising intellectual property in each country, has listed Nicholas Weston for the first time since the firm was founded in 2005.The firm is ranked in two categories: for...