Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2015’

ACIP’s Review of the Designs Systems proposes three approaches to reform

In 2012, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was tasked by the Government with conducting a review of the operation and effectiveness of the Designs Act 2003 (Cth) in supporting innovation. Late last year, ACIP released its Options Paper on the Designs Act (available online here). The Options Paper proposed three approaches to reform. In summary: The first option …

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Je suis Charlie, but it is not a trade mark

On 9 January 2015, a US trade mark application was filed for JE SUIS CHARLIE by a trust from California.  An Australian application for JESUISCHARLIE was filed on 12 January 2015 by the M&G Besser Family Trust in relation to publishing services in class 41.*  The phrase references the 7 January murder of 12 people at the offices of French …

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Are your LinkedIn connections trade secrets?

Wait, what?

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5 Seconds of Summer refused trade mark registration

The music production company behind one of the biggest boy bands in the world, 5 Seconds of Summer, has been refused registration of the trade mark ‘5SOS’. Is this due to a lack of up-to-date pop culture knowledge on the part of the Australian Trade Marks Office? You can read the decision here. For those of you asking “who is …

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