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Branding, Trade Marks, Designs & Patents

Blog: Marvin Gaye & Co. to ‘Get it on’ in Court against Ed Sheeran

After their huge US$7.4 million win against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement over the hit single “Blurred Lines,” Marvin Gaye’s extended musical family are in court again.   This time they have British musician Ed Sheeran in their sights, alleging Sheeran copied core elements of Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit ‘Let’s Get It...
The sting in the tail: New Zealanders push to trade mark “Manuka” in relation to honey products
A rift has emerged between the Australian and New Zealand honey industries, resulting from a trade mark application lodged by New Zealand producers to trade mark the term ‘Manuka’, as a way of gaining exclusive rights over the word.     Manuka honey is produced solely from the Leptospermum scoparium plant, which in turn is...
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Qantas Grounded: Federal Court Rejects Airline’s Action to Oppose Kangaroo T-shirt Logo
A recent Federal Court decision has given some clarity to how two key grounds of opposition to trade mark registration – the “prior mark” and “prior reputation” grounds – will be interpreted. Back in 2010, Qantas opposed the registration by Edwards, an online apparel and electronics retailer. Edwards had filed a trade mark application for...
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Dick Smith’s “Ozemite” trade mark win redefined what it means to “use” a trade mark!
On 12 August 2016, the Federal Court handed down its decision in the long running battle between Dick Smith and Roger Ramsey over the registration as trade marks of the homophones (or sound-alikes)- OZEMITE and AUSSE MITE. Dick Smith, renowned Australian businessman and philanthropist, applied to register “OZEMITE” as a trade mark on 28 October...
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Getty in trouble!
Getty Images, a US stock photo agency, which acquires and supplies images, illustrations and stock film footage to various businesses and consumers, has again found itself the subject of another lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement. Last week, on 25 July 2016, photographer Carol M. Highsmith filed a claim in the US District Court of the...
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Burberry sues rapper/producer Burberry Perry for trade mark infringement
On Tuesday, Burberry filed trade mark infringement proceedings in New York against rapper and producer Burberry Perry, seeking immediate injunctive relief against the artist’s use of any and all associations with the company, including his stage name. The rapper, whose real name is Perry Moise, adopted Burberry Perry as his stage name and has used...
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Who’ll win the Crown? Packer vs Intercontinental in dispute over ‘Crown Resorts’
The long running dispute between James Packer’s Crown Resorts group and the InterContinental Hotels Group intensified recently with IHG launching an opposition to Crown Resorts’ philanthropic arm trading as ‘Crown Resorts Foundation’. At heart is a dispute over Packer’s use of the Crown Resorts name. Back in 2013, Crown Limited changed its name to Crown...
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