Category Archive for: ‘Designs’

Crocodile attacks in New Zealand – Lacoste death rolls Crocodile International again

New Zealand may have beaten France in the Rugby World Cup quarter finals, but one French sporting icon is winning a strategic branding war in New Zealand. For the third time in four years, the High Court of New Zealand has overturned the decision of the Assistant Commissioner of IPONZ and acknowledged the breadth of Lacoste’s trade mark rights in …

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Productivity Commission releases roadmap for IP review and calls for submissions

Last week, the Productivity Commission released the Issues Paper in accordance with its comprehensive review of Australia’s IP regime (Inquiry). In a previous post, we outlined the scope of the Inquiry and the key areas of the IP regime which the Federal Government had directed the Commission to examine and report on by August 2016. The Issues Paper sets out …

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Productivity Commission embarks on 12-month inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property regime

The Federal Government has given the green light to the Productivity Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of Australia’s IP regime (Inquiry).  The Commission must provide a report on the Inquiry by August 2016. The Inquiry was one of the three recommendations relating to IP in the Final Report of the Competition Policy Review (also known as the Harper Review), …

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Australia signs Free Trade Agreement with China – important implications for IP owners and healthcare providers

After years of negotiation and months of drafting, Australia signed the Free Trade Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China (ChAFTA). The Agreement addresses a number of important IP related issues and also sets out bilateral obligations to promote trade and investment in healthcare. Intellectual Property Chapter 11 of the ChAFTA aims …

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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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IP & Competition Law…a match made in reform heaven?

Yesterday, the Competition Policy Review Panel released its Draft Report on the effectiveness of Australia’s current competition policy and laws, and its recommendations for the promotion of competition across the economy. Our colleagues over at In Competition published this brief post here and a more detailed alert here, focusing on the broader aspects of competition policy reform canvassed in the …

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“Holy Unfavourable Judgment Batman”…Batmobile found to be a protectable character

Can you guess the movie character from the following description: “…oddly-shaped head and facial features, squat torso, long thin arms, and hunched-over posture”. Got it? It makes sense when you know the answer (E.T.). But which movie character fits the description “swift, cunning, strong, and elusive?” Apparently, the Batmobile. DC Comics has succeeded in its court proceeding action against Mark …

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Lululemon vs Calvin Klein: is new yoga suit too much of a stretch?

Last month, yoga-gear guru Lululemon Athletica Inc filed a lawsuit in the US Federal Court in Delaware against PVH Corp’s Calvin Klein brand and G-III Apparel Group alleging infringement of three “design patents” (the US term for registered designs) relating to the design of its famous yoga pants. Lululemon’s design patents relate to the v-shaped waistband which features on its flagship product.

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Stone the crows: Australia’s iconic Ettamogah Pub found to be in breach of IP licence

The owners of one of Australia’s most iconic and “most photographed pub in the world” (self-professed), the “Ettamogah Pub”, have been embroiled in a dispute in the New South Wales Supreme Court with claims, among others, that it is has not paid royalties owed under its exclusive license to use intellectual property from the cartoon series “The Ettamogah Pub Mob”.

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