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Australian Intellectual Property Report 2015

IP Australia has released the Australian Intellectual Property Report 2015, with statistics on IP filings and grants and trends.

Blocking injunctions – the Bill

The Commonwealth Government has introduced into Parliament the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. This bill will implement the the Government’s proposal for injunctions requiring ISPs to block access to offshore websites that infringe copyright.

IP Australia consults on red tape streamlining and costing

P Australia has issued consultation papers on removing red tape and other streamlining options

Coke v Pepsi – “second” look

Last week, Besanko J dismissed Coca-Cola Co’s claims that PepsiCo’s “Carolina” bottle shape infringed Coke’s trade marks, and was passing off and misleading or deceptive conduct.

Apple can’t register APP STORE as a trade mark in Australia

Yates J has held that APP STORE is descriptive, has no capacity to distinguish and is not registrable as a trade mark in Australia

Coke v Pepsi

Besanko J has dismissed Coke’s action against Pepsi over the shape of those bottles

ORO and CINQUE STELLE are registrable as trade marks for coffee in Australia

The High Court rules that ORO and CINQUE STELLE are inherently adapted to distinguish coffee and so registrable as trade marks in Australia.

ZIMA trade mark again

Why ZIMA was successfully registered and how to keep it distinctive

Parallel imports

Articles on parallel imports published in (2014) 22(1) CCLJ 1, 21 and 39.

Zima is a registrable trade mark

Gordon J has overturned the Registrar’s refusal to register ZIMA as a trade mark for tomatoes and directed its registration