A battle over naming rights may mean Mexican food giant Taco Bell will be forced to abandon plans to expand into Australia. The American-owned fast food chain had planned to open 100 stores throughout Australia (and New Zealand) over the next five ye...

Australian fashion designer Katie Taylor, whose maiden name is Perry has fought back against the famous performer Katy Perry, for breaching the designer’s long held Australian trade mark rights. These two have feuded in the past, when the Sydney-ba...

Application deadlines for the following two grants fall in December 2019. Social Enterprise Grants Program The aim of the Social Enterprise Grants Program is to provide funding to enable social enterprises to access professional advice and support in...

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our mental wellbeing.  We are fortunate to work with clients who not only encourage good mental health in their workplaces but have made it their mission to improve and active...

A review of IPONZ official fees for patent, trade mark, and designs took place in 2018.  Whilst the review found that no changes were considered necessary for design services, last month changes to fees for trade mark and patent services were approv...

When a trade mark is filed for the first time in a Paris Convention member country and the applicant applies for protection in any of the other member countries within six months of the first filing, the subsequent applications will be treated as...

MBIP have traveled abroad to attend several key intellectual property conferences this year, and this month our Australian attorneys will be attending another two major IP events. Michael Buck (Principal) will be travelling to Vienna, Austria to atte...

Body Organics is a multidisciplinary health care practice that has grown considerably since Carla Mullins opened the first Pilates & Healing Centre studio in 2002. Today, Body Organics offers a range of health services, from Pilates to physiother...

MBIP now ranks among the top ten ranking PCT filers in Australia for the period of January 2018 to December 2018. Since no information about PCT filings is available until eighteen months from the earliest priority date this information has only now ...

Fuel market leader Caltex Australia has announced it will be rebranding its outlets in Australia over a three-year period following the breakdown of a licence agreement with US oil giant Chevron. Chevron was a 50% shareholder in Caltex and notified the company of the licensing agreement’s...

A battle over naming rights may mean Mexican food giant Taco Bell will be forced to abandon plans to expand into Australia. The American-owned fast food chain had planned to open 100 stores throughout Australia (and New Zealand) over the next five years following the success...

Australian fashion designer Katie Taylor, whose maiden name is Perry has fought back against the famous performer Katy Perry, for breaching the designer’s long held Australian trade mark rights. These two have feuded in the past, when the Sydney-based designer alleged that the US singer “tried to bully” her...

Application deadlines for the following two grants fall in December 2019. Social Enterprise Grants Program The aim of the Social Enterprise Grants Program is to provide funding to enable social enterprises to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing and growing their...

As US trade marks holders will know, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires validation of trade marks at 6 and 10 years following registration.  This is achieved by lodging evidence showing that at least one item included in each class of the registration...

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our mental wellbeing.  We are fortunate to work with clients who not only encourage good mental health in their workplaces but have made it their mission to improve and actively promote mental...

[caption id="attachment_22885" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash[/caption] A review of IPONZ official fees for patent, trade mark, and designs took place in 2018.  Whilst the review found that no changes were considered necessary for design services, last month changes to fees for trade mark and...

When a trade mark is filed for the first time in a Paris Convention member country and the applicant applies for protection in any of the other member countries within six months of the first filing, the subsequent applications will be treated as if they had been filed on...

MBIP have traveled abroad to attend several key intellectual property conferences this year, and this month our Australian attorneys will be attending another two major IP events. Michael Buck (Principal) will be travelling to Vienna, Austria to attend the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle's...

Body Organics is a multidisciplinary health care practice that has grown considerably since Carla Mullins opened the first Pilates & Healing Centre studio in 2002. Today, Body Organics offers a range of health services, from Pilates to physiotherapy, musculoskeletal therapy, myotherapy, acupuncture and podiatry –...

MBIP now ranks among the top ten ranking PCT filers in Australia for the period of January 2018 to December 2018. Since no information about PCT filings is available until eighteen months from the earliest priority date this information has only now become available. This...

MBIP succeeds in revoking a granted patent by strategic use of re-examination   When clients come to us to determine the best options for challenging a granted Australian patent, different considerations come into play. A challenger must evaluate the cost involved, the level of participation and rates...

Although screen icons and graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are squarely within the scope of registered design protection in many jurisdictions, their protection by Australian registered designs is somewhat problematic. Explanation of the current state of Australian Design law in relation to screen icons and GUIs The main...

By Kellie Jukkola, first published on SavvySME As the proud owner of an SME, you’ve probably been told plenty of times to register a trade mark for your business name or other brands.  You might even have a bit of an understanding about the process,...

We’re very happy to announce that Jeremy Moller has been promoted to Senior Associate. Jeremy’s an Australian registered patent and trade mark attorney with qualifications in mathematics and electrical engineering and has more than 5 years’ experience working at MBIP and previously at Cullens and Fisher Adams Kelly....

unsplash-logoRoman Kraft The Queensland Government, through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT), is making grants available specifically to artisan food and non-alcoholic beverage producers. The Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program aims to provide assistance to artisan producers to help them grow their businesses, access new market opportunities...

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash In trade mark news out of Southeast Asia, Malaysia has passed the Trademarks Bill 2019 bringing it a step closer to acceding to the Madrid Protocol.  The amendments will also make way for recognition of non-traditional trademarks in Malaysia, including sounds, smells,...

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