Last week we communicated here that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a new examination guide that was due to be effective as of 15 February 2020. USPTO faced criticism that its new rules would put users at risk, especially around privacy and a potential...

We are very proud to be included on the 2020 World Trademark Review WTR1000 list of top Australian firms for trade mark prosecution and strategy.Our firm’s ranking is an acknowledgement of the exceptional service and trade mark expertise our team has consistently been providing. Congratulations to...

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued new Rules and Regulations which will take effect on 15 February 2020. The new guide, entitled ‘Mandatory Electronic Filing and Specimen Requirements’, has a number of changes including new exceptions for filing paper submissions, and confirmation of...

What is a trade mark opposition? Trade Mark Oppositions are not court proceedings, but are dispute proceedings conducted by the Trade Marks Office (IP Australia).  There are several evidentiary stages whereby each party is able to support their case by submitting written evidence.Many oppositions...

Fuel market leader Caltex Australia has announced it will be rebranding its outlets in Australia over a three-year period following the breakdown of a licence agreement with US oil giant Chevron. Chevron was a 50% shareholder in Caltex and notified the company of the licensing agreement’s...

A battle over naming rights may mean Mexican food giant Taco Bell will be forced to abandon plans to expand into Australia. The American-owned fast food chain had planned to open 100 stores throughout Australia (and New Zealand) over the next five years following the success...

Australian fashion designer Katie Taylor, whose maiden name is Perry has fought back against the famous performer Katy Perry, for breaching the designer’s long held Australian trade mark rights. These two have feuded in the past, when the Sydney-based designer alleged that the US singer “tried to bully” her...

As US trade marks holders will know, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires validation of trade marks at 6 and 10 years following registration.  This is achieved by lodging evidence showing that at least one item included in each class of the registration...

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our mental wellbeing.  We are fortunate to work with clients who not only encourage good mental health in their workplaces but have made it their mission to improve and actively promote mental...

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