Ceres Tag is a complete identification and management digital ear tag for the livestock industry which aims to assist farmers with monitoring the health and movement data of their animals. Ceres Tag has been referred to as “Fitbit for cows”, but in reality the technology is...

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...

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