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...

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...

At MBIP our attorneys have been working closely with IP Australia for a decade (some even longer) and so we know the ins-and-outs of how the Trade Marks Office works.  We appreciate the time Examiners have taken to discuss applications and objections, and we understand that...

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...

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