Category Archive for: ‘Trade marks’

Interim ruling suggests Cadbury can register ‘Cadbury purple’ as a trade mark in the UK

The Intellectual Property Office (‘IPO’) in the UK has issued a preliminary ruling which states that the iconic ‘Cadbury purple’ – Pantone 2865c – is sufficiently distinctive to enable Cadbury to register it as a trade mark. 

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What’s the “Fitchuation” now? Publicity stunt, negative branding or trade mark infringement?

A publicity stunt by Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) has backfired.  You may recall a previous post, in which we blogged about A&F’sRead More

Roses are red, violets are blue…Louboutin’s appealing, Tiffany & Co care too

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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:

  • Business Names Registration Act 2011 No.126 (Cth);

  • Business Names Registration (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2011 No. 127 (Cth); and

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Update: Herman Miller v Matt Blatt

Further to Natalie’s op-ed piece in the National Times, Herman Miller and Matt Blatt have settled their dispute in relation to Matt Blatt’s sales of replica Eames furniture on confidentia

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Lady GaGa v Lady Goo Goo – Court orders injunction against character

Lady Goo Goo is an animated sunglasses wearing blond baby that that bears a resemblance to and apparently sounds like Lady GaGa.  A recent YouTube sensation, she has featured in songs including “The Moshi Dance” and “Peppy-razzi”.  The Moshi Dance song has received 3.5 million views and was set to be released as a single on iTunes.  Lady Goo Goo is a Moshi Monsters character, which is an online computer game and social networking site for children, operated by Mind Candy Ltd. 


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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

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Read all about it! Natalie’s article on the Matt Blatt furniture dispute is in The Age this morning

Our fearless leader Natalie Hickey has written an op-ed piece on the ongoing dispute between Matt Blatt and Herman Miller over Matt Blatt’s sale of replica Eames furniture. The piece appeared in the Age this morning, and is already generating a fair amount of comment on The Age and SMH websites.

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Twitter settles tweet twademark fight

Micro-blogging site Twitter has settled its dispute with a company called Twittad over Twittad’s US registered trademark “TWEET”.  Twitter has ended up with ownership of Twittad’s mark, Twittad gets to continue to use the phrase “Let your ad meet your tweets”, and Twitter’s lawsuit against Twittad has been dropped.

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