Monthly Archive for: ‘November, 2013’

Wikileaks releases highly anticipated IP Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Adding to what was already going to be a big month for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”), Wikileaks recently published a draft of the controversial Intellectual Property Chapter (“IP Chapter”). Arguably “the most significant international commercial agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995”, the TPP is a treaty which aims to establish a free trade zone …

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Naming Your Race Horse – Like registering a trade mark? Well, not quite

The annual Spring Racing Carnival and running of the Melbourne Cup, can often lead to more than a sore head and fistfuls of losing betting slips.  Inspired by the (admittedly rare) example of a $4000 horse winning a Group 1 race, you too might have recently acquired a small stake in a new race horse.  Now, it is time to …

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Tom Cruise proves Risky Business for gossip mags

In late 2012, Life & Style and In Touch magazines published headlines indicating Tom Cruise had abandoned his daughter Suri. Most people might dismiss such articles as minority reports. However, Cruise has filed a Complaint in the District Court of California for defamation and invasion of privacy. He’s asking that the publisher of the magazines show him the money, to …

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#IntellectualProperty trending on Twitter: Considering IP in the age of the hashtag

Social media has transformed the ‘hash’ symbol (#) from a mere symbol key into a phenomenon of its own. Yet the addition of the # symbol before a word has not been so simple in the IP world and has many potential implications. For the uninitiated, let’s have a look at the hashtag’s capability. First, the hashtag operates as a …

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How to prevent your “ordinary” letter of demand from becoming a Social Media Backlash

Remember the old days of sending a hard copy letter of demand which only a few people (at most) were destined to see?  Well, haven’t times changed! Now, it is crucial to consider how best to minimise the prospect that your demand will go ‘viral’.  None of us want our correspondence to spark reputational issues for the client beyond the …

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The internet just got bigger: Further developments in the gTLD space

New domain spaces are in the process of being introduced.  Over the past few weeks, the first “sunrise” periods have opened for new domain name spaces called generic top-level domains (gTLDs).  ICANN has also delegated the first four of its new gTLDs by introducing them into the Internet’s Root Zone. Businesses and brand owners should take care to make sure …

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