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Chinese Language Trade Marks and their Importance

Why are Chinese language marks important? China is Australia’s largest trading partner and for any business, protection of their brands in China should be carefully considered. However, when it comes to China, many Chinese consumers have a limited knowledge of the Latin alphabet. In fact, according to the World Population Review, the current population is around 1.4 …

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Proposed changes to the Australian designs law – what you need to know

What is a registered design? A registered design right protects the overall visual appearance of a new and distinctive product such as shape, colour, configuration, pattern and/or ornamentation. However, a registered design does not protect the function of a product – only its visual appearance. The current Designs Act 2003 (Cth) contains a number of …

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New Eligibility Rules for .au domains from April 2021

The .au Domain Administration (auDA) has recently announced changes to the eligibility requirements for .com.au and .net.au domain names to come into effect from 12 April 2021. A registrant of a domain name under the .au top level domain (TLD) must, amongst other criteria, be “Australian”.  Currently, a foreign company will satisfy this criteria if …

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TM TIP 2 – Business Name Registration is NOT the same as a Trademark Registration

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard “but I registered the business name without a problem, why can’t I have the trade mark?” I would be very well-off indeed! This is a common misconception and is the source of much confusion with businesses. Businesses looking to use a brand as their …

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MALAYSIA’S ACCESSION TO THE MADRID PROTOCOL

On 27 December 2019, the new Malaysian Trademarks Act 2019 (Act) will be implemented and on the same day, Malaysia will accede to the Madrid Protocol. A number of significant changes have been made under the new Act including: multi-class applications will now be allowed in Malaysia; registration of non-traditional trade marks, including shape trade …

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International trade mark protection? What you need to know.

How can local brand owners register trade marks internationally? First and foremost, trademark rights are territorial. Therefore, trade marks should be registered in all territories where the mark is, or will be used. Trade marks can be protected overseas in 2 ways: as an international application via the Madrid Protocol designating at least one country; …

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