Category Archive for: ‘Trade marks’

“You can’t be a virgin all your life its time …” – that’s 10 words worth fighting for

South African company Bodtrade 54 (Pty) Ltd has succeeded in its battle against UK giant Virgin Enterprises Limited in its fight to register the mark YOU CAN’T BE A VIRGIN ALL YOUR LIFE ITS TIME.  This trade mark application for use in respect of telecommunications, cafes, restaurants and bars had been opposed by Sir Richard Branson’s company on the grounds that Virgin Enterprises is the proprietor of trade marks consisting of the word VIRGIN and the use of this mark will likely cause confusion and take “unfair advantage of, or be detrimental to”, the distinctive

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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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Do androids dream of trade mark law?

The launch of the highly-anticipated Google “Nexus One” phone based on the “android” platform has the blogosphere buzzing about more than the technology.  There is controversy over the name and who owns the intellectual property rights to “Nexus One”.  The estate of science fiction writer Philip K Dick claims that the name has been taken from his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? later made into the movie Blade Runner.  The novel tells the story of a bounty hunter whose mission is to eliminate rogue “Nexus-6” series androids.

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Kellogg’s to protect against “Corn Fakes”

Have you heard that Kellogg’s plans to brand its famous signature onto individual Corn Flakes?

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eBay fined €1.7m for selling LVMH perfumes

A Parisian court has fined eBay  €1.7m after users of its French web site continued to buy and sell Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (“LVMH”) perfumes in breach of a 2008 injunction.  The injunction was granted after the luxury goods conglomerate, which includes brands such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, successfully sued eBay for €40m in June 2008 for selling fake goods using the company’s brand. 

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Updated: Full Court dismisses Mars’ appeal against Sweet Rewards

The Full Federal Court this morning dismissed an appeal by Mars in proceedings relating to the packaging of a chocolate coated malt ball product known as “Malt Balls”.  Justices Bennett, Emmett and Edmonds all agreed with the trial judge that the packaging of Australian confectionary importer Sweet Rewards’ “Malt Balls” product would not mislead consumers Read More
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A new instalment in the Google AdWords saga

Back in July and September, we blogged on the controversy surrounding the practice of paying internet search engines for keywords to boost one company’s profile over another.  A new instalment has since arisen in what will inev

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Virgin Blues

It is rare for a parent company to oppose the trade mark of one of its subsidiaries.  Yet, as recently reported in The Age, (6/11/09, “Branson and Virgin Blue battle over name”) this appears to be the case in a trade mark opposition brought by Virgin Enterprises against an application lodged by Virgin Blue.  At stake is whether Virgin Blue has the rights to use the “V Australia” trade mark and brand, the name of Virgin Enterprises’ trans-Pacific airline, on a wide variety of goods.

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IP Australia: Second round public consultation on IP rights reform

IP Australia has announced a second round public consultation on IP rights reforms. The closing date for submissions is 12 February 2010.

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