On 12 April 2021, a new set of rules for the .au country code top level domain (ccTLD) comes into effect. All .au ccTLD domain names registered or renewed on or after this date will be subject to the new licensing rules. Currently, to be eligible...

In a previous blog post we mentioned the issue of trade mark scams. Domain name scams are also an ongoing concern and can be even harder to detect as fake notices can often appear to be legitimate. Commonly also known as domain name squatters or cyber...

The vast amount of content shared on social media has increased the need for both brand owners and third parties to consider their rights and obligations. A business’s name, logo, tagline or website domain name are often its most important and valuable assets.  Now more than...

In-N-Out Burgers, Inc. v Hashtag Burgers Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 19 Sydney-based business Hashtag Burgers Pty Ltd has been back in Court this month, defending the use of “Down-N-Out” on its burgers and restaurants. The trade mark battle with US brand In-n-Out Burger earlier determined that...

  The United Kingdom (UK) officially left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and then entered into a transition period. Owners of European trade marks and/or designs are reminded that the end of the Brexit transition period is fast approaching.   From 1 January 2021 any...

Ceramiche Caesar S.p.A. V Caesarstone Ltd [2020] FCAFC 124 (28 July 2020) What happened in the first instance? Ceramiche is a tile manufacturer based in Italy. Their “CAESAR” trade mark has been used in Australia since 1988 and was registered in Australia since 2004 for “ceramic tiles...

With more people shopping online than ever, consumers are relying on online retailers and service providers for their purchases. Unfortunately, the convenience of online shopping comes with challenges; the costs to Australian businesses due to counterfeit products are increasing. The Australian government hopes to promote confidence in...

McDonald's claims rival Hungry Jack's has infringed its "Big Mac" trade mark with their newest burger “Big Jack”. Fast food giants McDonald’s and Hungry Jack’s are going head to head after McDonald’s Asia Pacific launched Federal Court proceedings against Hungry Jack’s on August 28. The fast food standoff began when...

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