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Why your WIPO TradeMark registration in Australia might be invalid The International Trademark system administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) provides an easy process of filing trademark applications in Madrid Protocol countries. Not only is it simple and easy to use but it provides cost incentives. Once more than two countries are designated…

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…

They used to say you could make a fortune from real estate but the big bucks now are in cyber real estate- buying and selling domain names, and the industry is booming. The recent sale of the website domain name Money.com.au for $400,000 –one of the biggest sales to date of an Australian .au domain…

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…

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…

Australian entrepreneurs trying to trade mark a popular word as their business brand should take heed of the legal stumble by American celebrity Kim Kardashian. The social media, TV and fashion range queen tried to trade mark the word Kimono to brand her new range of shapewear but after an enormous lash back from the…

Slater & Gordon is attempting to trade mark a phrase that is common in the legal industry and the EAGLEGATE news article discussing the attempt is getting a run in Australasian Lawyer. You can read more here: AustralasianLawyer A Bing search for the term “We win cases like yours” reveals 18,800,000 search results from dozens of…

Protect your trade mark online – don’t let the domain name drop Learn lessons from Bill Clinton himself.  Don’t fall asleep at the wheel. There are some strict do’s and don’ts when it comes to protecting a Trade Mark online. The first and primary rule must be to never ever let the Domain Name that…

Trade Mark Tips – Controlling Use EAGLEGATE’s trade mark tips advert has been published on 4KQ. Listen to the trade mark tips below – if you want to protect your trade mark and it is being used by someone else, make sure you control their use of the trade mark or it might become vulnerable…