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Vast majority of listed Australian IP firm clients think reduction of private ownership is against their interests
Australia has led the way in adoption of the public traded company model for IP law and attorney practices. But the findings of recent market research indicate that more than three-quarters of these firms’ clients believe that a reduction of private ownership in the sector is against their interests again stoking critics’ concerns about the business model’s ethical implications and its impact on client-counsel relationships.
Leaks indicate victory for Australia in seminal WTO plain packaging dispute a knockout blow for tobacco brands
A dispute resolution panel of the World Trade Organisation has reportedly ruled in favour of Australia in a complaint brought by a number of countries, including several major tobacco exporters, against its plain packaging policy. While the world awaits public confirmation of the decision, the early leaks suggest a significant blow has been dealt to tobacco brand owners.
The spread of publicly listed IP law firms continues as Xenith acquires Australia’s Griffith Hack in strategy play
It has been announced that Australian Securities Exchange-listed holding company Xenith IP Group is buying Griffith Hack for A$152 million (US$112.5 million) in cash and shares, as Australia’s trend towards publicly traded IP law firms continues.
Australia’s QANTM Intellectual Property became the latest IP legal services provider to go public today after its debut on the Australian Stock Exchange. For some, its impressive performance will be seen as further evidence that the initial public offering is an appropriate vehicle for trademark practice though it is yet to be seen if it will gain wider adoption outside of Australia’s vanguard market.
At the start of this month, the Australian government began to implement a new set of standards for ‘country of origin’ labelling for food products sold in the country. Brand owners should take the time to familiarise themselves with the new system, as it could have an impact on their trademark filing and management strategies.
After vanishing from shopping precincts in Australia and New Zealand earlier this month due to bankruptcy, consumer electronics retailer Dick Smith has been reborn as an online-only store thanks to the successful sale of its IP assets. The fall and rise of this household-name brand shows that the open market can present rich opportunities for both those looking to monetise trademark rights and those looking to acquire proven brands. However, there are also significant risks.
The Australian trademarks registrar has rejected Melbourne-based microbrewer Thunder Road Brewery’s attempt to wrest control of several heritage beer brands from Carlton & United Brewers (CUB). CUB’s success demonstrates the importance of having a trademark strategy that is fully aligned with the business’ overall commercial objectives.
Billabong saw its share price plunge to a record low today after negotiations with two potential buyers failed. But while the company faces an uncertain future, its trademark team is taking the lead on creating corporate value.
Microbrewery Thunder Road Brewing argued for the cancellation of a number of trademarks held by Foster’s-owned Carlton & United Brewers during a hearing before the Australian trademarks registrar last week. The outcome of the case could have significant implications for owners of heritage brands in the country.
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