The USPTO recently proposed changes which would force foreign trade mark applicants to engage a US-based attorney, in a bid to limit inaccurate and fraudulent applications by self-filers. The proposed changes, published by way of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) on 15 February 2019, will...

All Podiatry and the Shoe Co is a Brisbane based podiatry practice which incorporates a retail footwear store. While the business has been established for almost two decades, over the last nine years Directors Alan McCulloch and Caroline McCulloch have been developing their own range...

[caption id="attachment_21110" align="alignright" width="369"] Which way is best for you?[/caption] Registering a trade mark may seem expensive, especially if you are just beginning your journey as a start-up or if you are a small business owner with many other expenditure outlays to consider. If you are reading...

A big change is set to come into force for Australian trade mark owners, who, from 25 February 2019, will no longer be able to rely on the commencement of infringement proceedings as a defence to groundless threats. Currently, a trade mark owner who commenced...

New Zealand has implemented a 12-month grace period for disclosures of an invention that occur on or after 30 December 2018. Australia has had a grace period since 2002. Perhaps surprisingly, given the moves to harmonise procedures in the two countries and the creation of...

Creative tech is a growing sub-sector of creative industries. In creative tech, a creative element (such as the use of design or audio-visual material) ­is the key component which is facilitated by the technical component in achieving the final desired output. If you are developing a...

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...

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