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...

At the beginning of June, Australian Patent Attorney Brendan Nugent will be visiting Philadelphia to attend the BIO International Convention. Brendan is a life sciences and chemistry patent specialist and has vast experience in preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications in the field of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals...

In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, IP Australia recently released the seventh edition of the Australian Intellectual Property (IP) Report. In addition to detailing recent trends and changes in IP activity in Australia, the IP Report included a number of interesting case studies. One case...

While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sport, IP is an essential and ingrained part of the industry as a whole. Intellectual Property registration helps everyone involved in the sports (and fitness) industry, ranging from viewers to...

On 17 June 2019, Canadian trade mark law will undergo significant changes. In addition to Canada becoming designatable under the Madrid Protocol, another major change will be the adoption of the Nice Classification - an international classification of goods and services applied to the registration of...

Amazon recently announced an exciting new anti-counterfeiting program, dubbed Project Zero.  Intended to significantly reduce counterfeiting through the use of several user-controlled tools, Project Zero utilizes a suite of automated protections made possible via machine learning, combined with a self-service counterfeit removal tool and a new...

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...

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