Logo impressions from a 5-year-old, and why it’s not so simple when it comes to the law

When a 5-year-old recognizes your logo, you know you’ve made it.  Sure, it's Faith Ladd, the ingénue prodigal daughter of Adam of Ladd Design, who has probably been surrounded by logos and marketing jargon since birth.  Still...

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Like sands through the hourglass… sometimes Bills become Acts

Did you read our post about the introduction of new business names laws here? On 3 November 2011, the National Business Names Registration Package legislation was assented to.

The Acts now in existence are as follows:

IPRIA/CMCL Seminar: Brands and the Challenges of Grey Markets

On 26 October 2011, the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) and the Centre for Media and Communications Law (CMCL) hosted a free seminar at the Melbourne Business School titled 'Brands and the Challenges of Grey Markets'.  The panellists were, by a surprising majority, in support of parallel imports…is this the way of the future read more...

You say Barrister and I say Barista? Proposed business name laws have hurdles attached

Last Friday, the Senate passed the National Business Names Registration Package to replace the existing state-based business name registration system with a national online register. While the registration of trade marks is still separate, and will continue to take place through IP Australia, there will be links to IP Australia in the registration process and entities will be prohibited from registering names that are “identical”, “nearly identical”, “undesirable”, or “restricted”. If you wondered whether naming your new-born child was challenging, have a think about what the process below means for your business read more...

Keeping up with Kim Kardashian: Look-alikes, look out!

At the end of July, Kim Kardashian filed a lawsuit against Old Navy LLC, and its parent company, The Gap Inc, for using a look-alike in its February “Super C-U-T-E” ad campaign.  The complaint was filed in the Los Angeles registry of the U.S. District Court on the basis of false or misleading representations and infringement of both common law and statutory rights of publicity.  But what protection do celebrities have in Australia against the use of look-alikes?

The Ad

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ICANN Development 2: Are you up for [.anything]?

A number of new generic top-level domain names (“gTLDs”) were approved in 2000 and 2004 including .aero, .museum, .jobs, .mobi, .tel and .travel.  Under the new ICANN guidelines, entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and communities around the world will be able to apply to operate a TLD of their own choosing.  This could be their own brand in the form “.brand”, or broader non-specific gTLDs such as “.food”, “.sport”, “.fashion” etc.

Application Process

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