Region: Australia

Fewer filings, NFTs, alliances and bad-faith marks: APAC year in review

WTR looks back at major trends in the Asia-Pacific region from the past 12 months.

11 January 2023

Legislation and IP policy watch: the current state of play (January 2023)

WTR’s monthly column tracking trademark and related policy developments, including the progress of major bills, from around the world.

05 January 2023

Asia-Pacific IP offices: a year in review and what to expect in 2023

WTR presents insights from representatives at major IP offices across the Asia-Pacific region to share their highlights from 2022 and what trademark practitioners should look out for in the coming months.

08 December 2022

Full Federal Court dismisses Corner Hotel appeal

The decision makes it clear that the test for deceptive similarity involves consideration of the ordinary consumer’s imperfect recollection of the registered trademark.

06 December 2022

Prior use, concurrent use and concurrent registrations - no defence to trademark opposition in Australia

The decision confirms that the arguments available to an applicant in defending an opposition based on prior reputation are very limited.

16 November 2022

Caterpillar's CAT marks continue to prevail over Puma's PROCAT

The primary judge correctly found that Puma's PROCAT mark is deceptively similar to Caterpillar's CAT marks, and that use of the PROCAT mark would cause deception or confusion because of Caterpillar's reputation in its CAT marks.

22 September 2022

Asia-Pacific trends and top filers: 2021

In WTR’s annual Asia-Pacific deep dive, we take a look at major trends in 2021 as well as the top corporate and law firm filers across five key jurisdictions.

15 September 2022

Defensive trademarks: a powerful and underutilised tool to protect well-known brands

Australia allows defensive trademarks. However, the small number of currently registered defensive marks (around 0.04% of the total number of registered marks) indicates that this system remains underused by Australian and international brands.

24 August 2022

Hells Angels succeeds in trademark infringement claim against Redbubble for a second time

The court rejected Redbubble's argument that the fact that it took steps to prevent infringement of third-party rights should mean that injunctive relief should not be granted.

04 August 2022

“We are often betting on the future”: ResMed’s approach to IP protection and business collaboration

ResMed’s Michael Pinczuk and Keira Moore tell WTR how the patent and trademark teams collaborate for success.

27 July 2022

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