From bad faith to parody: a busy year for Australia’s courts

By Miriam Stiel, Lena Balakrishnan and Kaelah Ford

From caravans, cars and fashion magazines to whiskey, wine and tobacco, 2015 was a year of diverse trademark cases in Australia, including key decisions from the Federal Court and the Australian Trademarks Office

The Trademarks Office’s decision in Hearst Communications, Inc v Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd ([2015] ATMO 36) is a rare case where an opponent successfully opposed the registration of an application made in bad faith.

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