Category Archive for: ‘Designs’

Read all about it! Natalie’s article on the Matt Blatt furniture dispute is in The Age this morning

Our fearless leader Natalie Hickey has written an op-ed piece on the ongoing dispute between Matt Blatt and Herman Miller over Matt Blatt’s sale of replica Eames furniture. The piece appeared in the Age this morning, and is already generating a fair amount of comment on The Age and SMH websites.

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Coffee-cat victory: Bodum Chambord wins appeal in Federal Court

Mallesons Stephen Jaques has successfully acted for the Bodum Group on a landmark legal battle in the Full Federal Court of Australia regarding a copy of its iconic Bodum Chambord coffee plunger. The outcome is possibly the first of its kind in Australia, protecting the distinctive shape and features of Bodum’s Chambord coffee plunger design from imitation.

 

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Nothing to see here… but 110,720 trade mark applications are on the way

Amidst all the talk of increasing workforce participation and returning the budget to surplus in 2012-13, it’s perhaps unsurprising to find no big ticket items directly affecting IP in the 2011-12 Federal Budget handed on Tuesday night by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

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Drafting international IP licences – watch out for tax risks

We recently posted on certain pitfalls in drafting IP licences.  Well it doesn’t rain, but it pours with these issues, as IBM has recently discovered.  On the receiving end of an adverse Federal Court judgment brought by the Australian Tax Office, IBM has learnt the hard way that the language used to draft an agreement is crucial to how the AT

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Federal Government releases draft tobacco plain packaging legislation

The Federal Government today released the exposure draft of its legislation which aims to prevent tobacco advertising and promotion on tobacco product packaging.  The draft Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011 was prepared following an announcement by the Federal Government in April last year that by July 2012 all tobacco products sold in Australia would be required to be sold in plain packaging.
 

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Free online tool for small businesses – Intellectual Property Explorer

A new free online tool, called Intellectual Property Explorer, is available to help small and medium sized businesses recognise, review and manage their intellectual property assets.  The Intellectual Property Explorer has a range of useful features to assist businesses in identifying their intellectual property assets, including simple and easy to understand explanations of intellectual property concepts and a handy guide to reviewing and recognising intellectual property.

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First Full Court decision under the Designs Act 2003

The case of Keller v LED Technologies Pty Ltd is the Full Federal Court of Australia’s first decision on the tests for validity and infringement under the Designs Act 2003. In particular, the Court offers guidance on the new test of “distinctiveness” required for a valid design.  Mallesons’ Shyama Jayaswal examines the decision here.

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New Year’s IP Resolutions

January is resolution time. A universal thought takes over: “I need to quit smoking, lose weight and call my mother more!” The IP Whiteboard team are not immune to this infectious optimism, and have put together some “IP resolutions” to kick off Twenty Ten. It’s not exactly Letterman’s Top 10, and we know resolutions aren’t always kept, but here goes!

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Google registers its iconic home page as a design

One might think that Google’s minimalist home page is among the most commonplace of designs. Apparently not. On 2 September, Google obtained a US design patent for the company’s iconic home page, on the basis that it is an innovative “graphical user interface”. Google’s design patent, as distinct from an invention patent, is equivalent to a registered design in Australia under the Designs Act 2003.

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