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Can you Register a Trademark for a Song or a City? Liverpool FC vs The Locals Liverpool Football Club, one of the oldest and most storied football clubs in the world, have recently attempted to register trademarks in the words LIVERPOOL and ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ (“allez” is a French word meaning “go on” or “let’s…

A nine-person Los Angeles jury has found that Katy Perry’s 2013 song Dark Horse infringes the copyright in Marcus Gray a.k.a Flame’s 2009 song Joyful Noise. The copyright infringement claim concerned the beat and opening instrumental riff of Flame’s Joyful Noise. Copyright Infringement – Not just noise The riff is a single bar comprising of…

Patents and the Right of Repair – Ink dries on Re-making patented goods in the Full Court   In Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corporation the Full Court has addressed the extent of ownership rights held by the purchaser of goods protected by patents and whether any Right of Repair which may exist extends…

A USD$12M Lesson in trademark registration – Wawona-ship of Majestic Yosemite TradeMarks returned to National Park We all learn through bitter experience. Sometimes we have the opportunity to learn through the bitter and expensive experience of others. Delaware North Inc has taught both Aramark and the United States Government the very expensive lesson that a…

We recognise that the value of a brand to a business is important. Global brands like McDonald’s, Red Bull and celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Cardi B and Paris Hilton invest significantly in their brands. However, not everyone is a trade mark lawyer and not everyone has the same budget of McDonald’s and Red Bull to…

IP Australia has recently launched a new tool to search Design registrations. The tool is based around the image recognition software already used by IP Australia in respect of image searching under the Trade Mark Search tool. It replaces the very outdated ADDS tool which was difficult to use and particularly difficult to use successfully….

What do Kim Kardashian, rapper Cardi B and Paris Hilton have in common? – all have come unstuck over moves to try and trade mark common words. Brisbane intellectual property and trade marks lawyer Nicole Murdoch says there’s a trend now of celebrities trying to trade mark their catch phrases or use a common term…

Today the LNP is learning a good lesson on protecting domain names. They let LNP.COM.AU expire and someone grabbed it up and it is now redirected to Bill Shorten’s Labor website. If you let your domain name lapse and want it back, give EAGLEGATE a call, we excel at this. https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/sme-law/25494-boutique-firm-calls-out-pollies-ahead-of-federal-election