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...

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...

If you have received a request for payment for Trade Mark registration or renewal fees from a company that is not associated with us, please proceed with caution. Following the filing of a trade mark application, trade mark owners may be targeted by unscrupulous third parties...

You’ve turned a great idea into a product or service and have an amazing logo and business name. Now you’re considering registering a trade mark – wonderful idea!  With a trade mark registration, you’ll gain: Protection over your reputation As the owner of a registered trade mark,...

These days, there are plenty of cut-price options available to people who wish to file a DIY trade mark. Trade Marks Offices offer assisted filing services, and more online filing portals are popping up every day. While the question of cost is high on any...

Do I need a trade mark?  I already have a domain/business name/company name! People tend to have a pretty good feel for what a trade mark is – that part of a brand you can say or describe, for example a name (Nike®) or a logo...

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