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Suite 30101, Level 1
Southport Central Tower 3
9 Lawson Street, Southport QLD 4215

Brisbane Office

Level 36
Riparian Plaza
71 Eagle Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Auckland Office

Suite 5266
17B Farnham Street
Parnell,Auckland, New Zealand


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August 20, 2015Michael

5 Tips for Protecting Your Trademark

Most people have seen those tiny ™ and ® symbols that sometimes follow the end of a name. These little icons show that the owner has applied for or registered that brand. This protects the time, effort, and investment that a company has put into Read more…

August 10, 2015Michael Beverley

ASIC Warns Directors About Trade Marks

Back in 2012, the Australian business name system and the company naming system became one. The purpose of this combined system in one register is to: “provide a way to identify the entity that is carrying on business under a business name.”  – It’s Read more…

July 1, 2015Michael Beverley

Australian Government Cautious Over Trademark Application

The Australian Government is seeking legal advice over the name “Primary Health Network”. This was to be the new brand of its revamped Medicare Local, a network of doctors and other health providers that help maintain the public health system. However on the 14th May Read more…

June 17, 2015Michael Beverley

Big Decision in Lego Shape Trademark Challenge

The shape of Danish company Lego’s famed toys is a protected shape trademark, according to the General Court of the European Union.  Rival company Best Lock, of Britain, had sought to copy the design and have the trademark invalidated based on the technical function of Read more…

December 1, 2015Michael

Two Competitors Fighting Over “READY BUSINESS” Trade Mark

In a competition over the 4.5 billion dollar Australian medium sized business market two companies, Telstra and Vodafone, are caught up in a Trade Mark dispute over the use of the phrase “READY BUSINESS” (TM:1640915). Vodafone, who has used this marketing phrase in neighbouring New Read more…

November 1, 2015Michael

How to Get “Difficult to Register” Trade Marks (Part 2)

If you did not read last month’s article, please click here to read. Following on from last month and to repeat for consistency, a Trade Mark can be initially refused because of two common events. Firstly, it can be rejected if your Trade Mark is Read more…

October 1, 2015Michael

How to Get “Difficult to Register” Trade Marks (Part 1)

How we get “Difficult to Register” Trade Marks for Our Clients A Trade Mark can be initially refused, because of two common events. Firstly, it can be rejected if your Trade Mark is likely to needed by other traders in the ‘normal course of commerce’, for Read more…