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...

[caption id="attachment_22885" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash[/caption] A review of IPONZ official fees for patent, trade mark, and designs took place in 2018.  Whilst the review found that no changes were considered necessary for design services, last month changes to fees for trade mark and...

When a trade mark is filed for the first time in a Paris Convention member country and the applicant applies for protection in any of the other member countries within six months of the first filing, the subsequent applications will be treated as if they had been filed on...

By Kellie Jukkola, first published on SavvySME As the proud owner of an SME, you’ve probably been told plenty of times to register a trade mark for your business name or other brands.  You might even have a bit of an understanding about the process,...

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash In trade mark news out of Southeast Asia, Malaysia has passed the Trademarks Bill 2019 bringing it a step closer to acceding to the Madrid Protocol.  The amendments will also make way for recognition of non-traditional trademarks in Malaysia, including sounds, smells,...

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