Region: Australia

INTA “extremely disappointed” with WTO plain packaging ruling, considering next steps

In a landmark ruling, the World Trade Organisation has upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging regime as being consistent with its trade obligations. The response has been mixed, with INTA voicing its disappointment and confirmed it is regrouping on the issue.

02 July 2018

GOGET owner stops use of 'Go Get Cabs' in Federal Circuit Court

Australia’s Federal Circuit Court has found that the respondent’s use of the Go Get Cabs name for taxi services amounted to misleading and deceptive conduct.

22 June 2018

Patron Spirits International's shot across the bow misses the mark in protecting PYRAT's territory in rum market

International premium spirit giant Patron, owner of PYRAT in Class 33, has failed to prevent Australian distillery Fernbrew from registering THE PIRATE BAY RUM COMPANY in Class 33.

20 June 2018

Inside IP Australia’s digital transformation: from apps to brand-backed lending

​​​​​​​In an exclusive interview with <em>World Trademark Review</em>, the general manager of IP Australia’s innovation & technology group expands on how the office’s digital transformation is helping users and reveals some of the organisation's ambitious future plans.

12 April 2018

United States slides, Germany continues to rule: counsel rate court systems across the globe

Despite being key litigation battlegrounds, counsel confidence in the court systems of China and the United States remains shaky.

12 April 2018

Customs concerns: counsel identify significant room for improvement in India, Iran and Turkey

Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.

11 April 2018

Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.

06 April 2018

Australian trademark law amendments, WHOIS fears, and EUIPO launches anti-counterfeit prize: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look the end of a heated legal dispute over an Icelandic chant, fears increase of future WHOIS access, Australian government's draft version of an IP law amendment bill, and much more.

30 March 2018

Brewing storm over 'Pacific' fails to blow over appeal court

Craft beer brewer Stone & Wood has failed in its appeal to the Full Federal Court of Australia against an earlier decision concerning use of the terms 'Pacific ale' and 'Pacific' by rival brewer Elixir Signature.

27 March 2018

Bohemia decision: Federal Court confirms approach to distinctiveness assessment where mark contains geographical term

In <em>Bohemia Crystal v Host Corporation, </em>the Federal Court of Australia has found that the marks BOHEMIA and BOHEMIA CRYSTAL were not distinctive as they indicated a geographical origin known for crystal glassware.

21 March 2018

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