Major sporting events

Did you know there was a Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Bill 2014? It was introduced into Parliament on 26 March 2014.

Superman KOs “superman workout”

DC Comics, the owner of rights to the, er, man of steel character, has successfully blocked an attempt the register “superman workout” for “conducting exercise classes; fitness and exercise clinics, clubs and salons; health club services (exercise)” in class 41. It did have to appeal from the Registrar of Trade Marks to the Federal Court […]

Raising the Bar update

Following the conclusion of consultations about the draft Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment Regulations (the regulations to implement the “Raising the Bar” amendments), IP Australia has published a document outlining the outcomes of the consultation process. The document outlines what IP Australia is proposing to do/implement in relation to:   Schedule 1   preliminary search and […]

Raising the bar reg.s 2.2

Dr Summerfield has updated his marked up version of the reg.s to reflect the second tranche of the exposure draft regulations, here. He also draws attention to the shortening time frames the exposure draft regulations will introduce. You still need to get your comments in by 21 November 2012.

2nd tranche of Raising the Bar draft regulations

IP Australia today released the second tranche of exposure draft regulations implementing the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012. This tranche deals with schedule 3 (reducing delays in resolving patent and trade mark applications) and schedule 6 (simplifying the IP system). Comments still need to be submitted by 21 November 2012. Go here, […]

similar to or capable of being confused with

Idameneo (No. 789) won its appeal from Symbion. The competing trade marks can be viewed here. The Full Court agreed with the trial judge that the contractual restraint against using: any Mark similar to or capable of being confused with any of the Trade Marks or which contain the words SYMBION imposed a different standard to […]

Trade marks and survey evidence in Australia

Adidas is suing Pacific Brands, alleging that the latter’s use of 3 stripes on footwear infringes Adidas’ registered trade marks for the “3 Stripes” (the judgment doesn’t identify which trade marks or the Pacific Brands’ product(s) in question). Adidas gave notice under CM-13 (this is .doc download link, but the terms of the practice note are […]

Phillip Morris sues Australia!

Phillip Morris has announced that it plans to sue Australia under the Australia-Hong Kong (SA) Bilateral Investment Treaty over the planned plain packaging legislation. What the Government is proposing to do Under the proposed Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011, tobacco companies would be required to adopt a prescribed form of packaging for tobacco products. In […]

How wide should injunctions be

Following on from his ruling that Idameneo’s use of its trade mark breached its contractual obligation not to use a trade mark capable of being confused with Symbion’s trade mark, Jessup J has granted an injunction: The Respondent be permanently restrained, whether by itself or through its subsidiaries from using the Respondent’s Mark. Three aspects […]