Phoenix rises from the ashes for Australian designer brand

Australian designer brand Viktoria + Woods has renamed its iconic leather jacket due to a “trademark technicality”. As announced on its Facebook page just before Christmas, the jacket formerly known as ‘the Hendrix’ has done a Prince and is now known as ‘the Phoenix’. The designers seem relatively upbeat about the change – writing “New read more...

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but make Facebook comments about me and… you’re in tricky territory

We previously posted about Justice Tracey’s recent Federal Court decision where the designer of “White Sands” swimwear was fined $25,000 for public comments which ‘questioned’ whether Seafolly copied White Sands’ designs. The fine was in relation to misleading or deceptive conduct, however, the public nature of comments back and forth meant that one party sued read more...

Oppa Spin-Off Style: Trading off someone else’s goodwill in a viral video

In early October, we posted about the creators of viral K-Pop video ‘Gangnam Style’ facing a trade mark fight in the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). Since then, we’ve noticed a number of interesting ‘Gangnam Style’ spin-offs popping up all over Australia. While in PSY’s own words imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it’s read more...

AANA releases best practice guideline for digital space

On 26 November 2012, the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) released a best practice guideline (Guideline) on how the AANA Codes apply in the digital space. This follows determinations of the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) regarding liability for user generated content on Facebook (we previously posted about this here). The Guideline applies to material read more...

Attorneys-general considering new national social media laws

State and territory attorneys-general met with Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon in Brisbane today to consider the possibility of new national laws to regulate social media. As reported here, the issue has come under scrutiny again following the murder of Jill Meagher in Melbourne, and subsequent pleas by Victoria Police for Facebook to remove content regarding read more...

Kim Kardashian settles lawsuit against retailer Old Navy

More than a year after Kim Kardashian sued Old Navy LLC for its use of a look-alike in in its “Super C-U-T-E” campaign (see our earlier post here), reports suggest Kanye’s leading lady has settled with the brand for the old celebrity favourite – an ‘undis read more...

Now there is only One… Direction: Trade mark dispute settles

Everything’s coming up roses for UK boy band One Direction, this week settling a trade mark dispute with US boy band (also called One Direction) over the use of the name.  We previously posted about this dispute here and here. The UK teen heart-throbs are free to continue using the name, whilst the US band will now go by the name "Uncharted Shores". 

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Subjects: Trade marks