Burger Case Bounces In-N-Out of Court in Meaty Appeal

Since our breakdown in March 2020 of Justice Katzmann’s ruling in the Federal Court in favour of American burger chain In-N-Out in its bitter trademark dispute with local Australian company Hashtag Burgers Pty Ltd of DOWN-N-OUT (now Plan B) notoriety, another round of this sizzling hot battle of the burgers has been fought before the Full read more...

Ouch! Federal Court of Australia imposes $4.5 million-dollar penalty for misleading marketing of pain-relief products

The Federal Court has handed down a significant $4.5 million penalty over misleading claims made with respect to the over-the-counter muscular pain relief products, ‘Voltaren Osteo Gel’ and ‘Voltaren Emulgel’.  The decision in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd (No 2) [2020] FCA 724 makes it clear that the read more...

Summer BOD competition: social media queens engage in trade mark litigation

Social media queens Sophie Guidolin and Rachael Finch both run fitness businesses through Instagram, promoting the #healthy lifestyle. The contested use of the word ‘BOD’ by Rachael Finch led Sophie Guidolin to apply for an interlocutory injunction for trade mark infringement, as well as passing off and/or breach of the Australian Consumer Law. In deciding read more...
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STG v Trojan: protecting trade mark rights in the context of parallel importation

In the recent decision in Scandinavian Tobacco Group Eersel BV v Trojan Trading Company Pty Ltd [2016] FCAFC 91 (STG v Trojan), the Full Federal Court held that the defence to trade mark infringement under section 123 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Act), based on the trade mark owner’s consent to application of read more...

Can I use a competitor’s name or trade marks for Google AdWords?

This question is often asked by companies considering ways to funnel internet traffic to their own website by diverting internet users seeking to access a competitor’s website. A single judge of the Federal Court has found that the use of a competitor’s trade mark as a keyword in Google AdWords is neither trade mark infringement read more...

Social media “influencers”: the do’s and don’ts of disclosure

It’s now a widely acknowledged reality that commercial organisations need defined social media strategies and policies in place as a framework for approaching the world of ’gramming, liking, sharing, connecting (and, a recent addition to the Facebook stable, “reacting”) online.  An increasingly important part of that strategy is often engaging social media ambassadors or “influencers” read more...

Same same but different? Federal Court finds Reckitt Benckiser’s/Nurofen’s marketing of the ‘specific pain relief’ range constitutes misleading and deceptive conduct

Last week Justice Edelman delivered judgment in the Federal Court, finding that Reckitt Benckiser (Australia)’s packaging and website descriptions of the Nurofen ‘Specific Pain Range’ constituted misleading or deceptive conduct under section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law (‘ACL’). Reckitt Benckiser was found to have represented that the four products in the Nurofen Specific Pain read more...

Clarisonic v PuraSonic – the allure of miraculous transformational product claims

The Federal Court of Australia has granted preliminary discovery in L’Oréal Australia Pty Ltd v BrandPoint Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 978 with respect to product claims made in relation to the PuraSonic facial cleansing brush. Immortalised by Justice Beach as “a product marketed to the fairer sex with the allure of its miraculous transformational properties”, the read more...

Looking to move your brand into China? Here’s our quick guide to protecting your IP in the process

Successfully exporting your Australian brand into the Chinese market is a challenging task and it requires a significant investment of time and resources, together with a well thought-out brand protection strategy. Set out below is our quick guide to some high level issues to think about in the IP space if, like many, you’re looking read more...