Brands are creatively catering to the growing vegetarian trend. Research conducted by Roy Morgan has found that 2.5 million people (12.1% of the population) in Australia are now eating all or almost all vegetarian. Award-winning chef Alejandro Cancino (who happens to follow a vegan lifestyle) has created 4 tasty, high-quality meat-free...

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/corkandchromabrisbane/ Cork & Chroma is Queensland’s first paint and sip studio, with their flagship creative space launched in Brisbane in 2013. The business runs regular painting sessions for adults of all skill levels, where attendees are guided step-by-step by an artist to create their own...

Distinctiveness is important because it impacts everything from the registrability of your trade mark, to its scope of protection, to enforceability and its continuing validity once registered. Unfortunately it is something that can be overlooked by brand owners. It is a fundamental principle of trade mark law...

  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...

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