Monthly Archive for: ‘November, 2010’

Gang warfare just isn’t what it used to be…

The Hells Angels motorcycle gang, sorry, make that “non-profit mutual benefit corporation” (according to their complaint), also names Saks (the operator of high-end department store Saks Fifth Avenue in New York) and Zappos.com (an online retailer owned by Amazon) as defendants.  Hells Angels claims all three parties illegally manufacture, source, market and/or sell jewellery, apparel and accessories that infringe and dilute their trade marks.

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Vulgarians are consumers too, says Federal Court

In the recent decision of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd [2010] FCA 1177, Justice Perram has held that the advertising and marketing for Optus’ broadband plans known as the “Think Bigger Plans” seriously misrepresented to broadband consumers that they would receive a certain amount of broadband for a specific price when in fact this was far from the case.  The Think Bigger advertisements (flyers, billboards, television commercials and internet promotions) concerned the use of a variety of animals, including a “moose with

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Amazon.com’s Canadian patent may be just “one-click” away

Amazon.com has won an important stage in a twelve-year battle in Canada over the patentability of its invention entitled “Method and System For Placing A Purchase Order Via A Communication Network”, which simplifies internet shopping by allowing consumers to buy things with a “single click” rather than having to proceed to a “check-out”.  When a consumer visits a website and enters his or her address and payment information, the information is stored in a “cookie”.  On the next visit to the website, the “server” is able to recognise the consumer and r

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