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 ...

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’ exp...

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,...

From 3 August 2019, foreign trademark applicants and registrants must use a US-licensed attorney to file all trademark-related submissions with the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO). The USPTO has made the changes in an attempt to increase compliance with USPTO regulations and US trademark...

Having grown up on a farm it’s only natural that Kassandra Kros’ love of animals and in particular, her appreciation for chickens, lead her to create Backyard Chicken Coops. When Kassandra and her husband started Backyard Chicken Coops over 10 years ago, they knew they...

Melbourne-based Hannah Poppins (owner of Miss Poppins & Me) recently ran into a trade mark issue after she used a particular term to describe her products online.   Poppins makes paper flowers for weddings and for use in advertising and promotions including window displays for retailers...

Trade marks professionals and supporters of the underdog alike are buzzing today over reports of Ikea’s opposition against an application to register the trade mark “Stylkea”.  Touted as a ‘David and Goliath’ battle, Ikea is seeking to prevent the use of the ‘-kea’ suffix, on the basis that consumers...

In good news for legitimate brand owners, the China Trademark Law has been amended in an attempt to limit bad-faith trade mark filings.  The changes will take effect from 1 November 2019.  The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China...

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