What is a Trademark? According to the Australian TRADE MARKS ACT 1995 – SECT 17, “A trade mark is a sign used, or intended to be used, to distinguish goods or services dealt with or provided in the course of trade by a person from goods or services so dealt with or provided by any […]

Trademarks are an essential part of business, and most businesses have at least one trademark. This could be – amongst other things – a name, an image, a symbol or a catch phrase.  They differentiate the goods or services of one trader from another, and can form a critical part of the intellectual property assets […]

When you submit an application to register a trademark to the body who oversees the process – IP Australia – it will pass through a number of stages before you will get notification that the trademark has been registered, if this is the outcome of the application.  At the time of writing, it is taking […]

One question that can come up from time to time is whether it is possible to reacquire a trademark that may have expired, and if so, how easy is the process?  The answer will depend on a number of variables such as whether the trademark is still active or has been removed, how long it […]

What happens when you start a company and launch a website, only to discover that someone has registered a domain name that is similar to yours, or has registered a trademark for a product or service that is similar to your domain name? Your company’s website is often one of its most important assets and […]