Intellectual Property and Information Technology

Intellectual Property and Information Technology

ICON – Trading Names, Trade Marks and Reputation Risk

“Please be advised the matter surrounding the Opal Tower Homebush was not built by our company. The building was built by a company with a similar trading name. Note the two companies have nothing to do with each other.” This statement appears on the landing page of the website of a Sydney based construction company

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Privacy Laws – compliant? Who? Me?

Do you collect or process “personal information”? If you operate a business that collects “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person”, then you are required to comply with privacy laws. In Australia, that means the Privacy Act (1988) (Cth) and the 13 National Privacy Principles, mandated by the Privacy Act. If you

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Unsolicited Documents Targeting Trademark Owners

While scams and frauds targeting trademark holders have been around for years, we have recently noticed an increasing frequency and sophistication in their appearance and approach. Generally, a firm that has made an application to IP Australia for trade mark protection on an applicant’s behalf will be listed as the Address for Service for any

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Fashion, Parallel Imports and Trade Mark Law – G-Star (Part II)

Part II of our article about a fashion clothing importer who was sued for trade mark infringement by the register proprietor of the trade mark in Australia.

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Fashion, Parallel Imports and Trade Mark Infringement – Part I

When is a trade mark infringed? Establishing “consent” as a defence.

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The importance of registering your business name as a trademark

One of the first things we advise clients who want to start a new business is to register their business name and to secure an internet domain name. However, a recent decision by the Australian Trade Marks Office is a reminder of the importance of registering your business name as a trademark.

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Client Alert- Trade Mark Scams

We have become increasingly aware of trade mark scams operating to deceive registered trade mark owners into paying money to “maintain the registration” of their marks

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High Court confirms iiNet not responsible for customer copyright infringement

On 20 April 2012, the High Court brought an end to the long running battle between Roadshow Films (and others) and iiNet. In something of a David and Goliath showdown, in November 2008 a coalition of 34 Australian and US entities(including major international studios and television networks), representing the owners and/or exclusive licensees of the copyright in thousands of films and television programs, commenced copyright infringement proceedings against internet service provider iiNet.

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