Recently, the European Union requested the New Zealand government register several Geographical Indications as part of a free trade deal.  A Geographical Indication (GI) is a name or logo used to identify the origin of goods (usually food or alcohol), as a country or specific region...

At MBIP our attorneys have been working closely with IP Australia for a decade (some even longer) and so we know the ins-and-outs of how the Trade Marks Office works.  We appreciate the time Examiners have taken to discuss applications and objections, and we understand that...

2018 has been a fantastic year for MBIP. We have experienced growth, challenges and new opportunities. Among the many highlights, we’ve had new team members join: Jeremy Moller, Kellie Jukkola, Brendan Nugent, Catherine Heuser and Tracey Langdale. We would also like to thank and congratulate all our...

The Federal Government has proposed legislative amendments to the Patents Act 1990 to abolish the innovation patent system, following recommendations by the Productivity Commission which it accepted last year. Along with several other industry groups, the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA) has been actively lobbying...

If you have received a request for payment for Trade Mark registration or renewal fees from a company that is not associated with us, please proceed with caution. Following the filing of a trade mark application, trade mark owners may be targeted by unscrupulous third parties...

You’ve turned a great idea into a product or service and have an amazing logo and business name. Now you’re considering registering a trade mark – wonderful idea!  With a trade mark registration, you’ll gain: Protection over your reputation As the owner of a registered trade mark,...

These days, there are plenty of cut-price options available to people who wish to file a DIY trade mark. Trade Marks Offices offer assisted filing services, and more online filing portals are popping up every day. While the question of cost is high on any...

Do I need a trade mark?  I already have a domain/business name/company name! People tend to have a pretty good feel for what a trade mark is – that part of a brand you can say or describe, for example a name (Nike®) or a logo...

Preliminary checks Before committing to a new brand for your services or products, it is important to carry out some due diligence. You may have put together a shortlist of potential marks (as per our "Choosing a Trade Mark - Part 1" blog). In addition to making...

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