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Guidelines released on the “right to be forgotten”

Search engines are no longer in the dark about how to interpret the now infamous “right to be forgotten” ruling of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”), handed down in May this year (read our post on the decision here). On Wednesday 26 November, the European data protection authorities assembled in the “Article 29 Working Party” (“Working Party”) to adopt …

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Should we #RenameISIS? When trade marks attack

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” – Shakespeare What if roses, instead of being called “roses”, were called “stink bells”?  Would they smell as sweet?  What if they were called “crapweed” or “stench blossoms”, as Bart Simpson famously suggested? What about if they were called “ISIS”? Unfortunately, this …

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Negotiating the perils and pitfalls of corporate social media: a lesson from Madden v Seafolly

Online social media is now widely acknowledged as the new frontier of corporate communications.  Indeed, nearly 80 per cent of large companies now use social media to connect with their customers.  Having an online presence has become effectively mandatory, but with that comes a range of risks, including in relation to potentially misleading or defamatory statements. The recent decision in …

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8 things you need to do now that Facebook has banned “like-gating”

“Like our page!” is a phrase you see a lot on Facebook.  But following a change to Facebook’s Platform Policy last week, you may not see it as much.  Great news for users, but maybe not-so-great news for those businesses relying on like-gates to gain traction on Facebook.  Here are 8 things that all businesses on Facebook will want to think about now …

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Telco and database services, comparison sites, and shopping centres – courts increasingly taking a modern view on trade mark specifications, but will the registries follow their lead?

Brand protection is not always as straightforward as it should be. For one thing, even once you have chosen your brand, you need to draft a specification that covers what you do and/or propose to do. This is a simple exercise if you are a t-shirt company, but can be a tricky business for service providers in evolving (and even …

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Advantages of applying for UK national trade marks in addition to Community trade marks

The CTM system is a bit of a no-brainer for Australian and New Zealand businesses putting their products and services into the EU market. The system has been a raging success, due to – among other things – the fact that a CTM is a cost-effective way to cover all 28 EU member states. But sometimes there is merit in …

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Distinctiveness under the microscope – Cantarella granted special leave to appeal to the High Court

On Friday, 14 March 2014, the High Court granted Cantarella Bros Pty Ltd special leave to appeal the Full Court of the Federal Court’s decision in Modena Trading Pty Ltd v Cantarella Bros Pty Ltd [2013] FCAFC 110. The High Court has been asked to clarify the correct application of the test for distinctiveness (section 41 of the Trade Marks …

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