News 2013

Anything UCANN do ICANN do better

A renewed threat of cybersquatting Rather than the options for domain names being limited to ‘.com,’ ‘.net,’ ‘.org,’ and a handful of other generic top level domains (gTLDs), there could soon be hundreds or even thousands ...

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PPSR warning noises become a chorus

Who is affected? The initial warning noises about compliance with the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 Cth (PPSA) are becoming a chorus. The following should serve as another warning to all owners and financiers who lease or ...

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What’s in a name

Bob Jane loses traction in family feud… Bob Jane, a former racing car legend and renowned businessman, has been embroiled in high profile battle with his son Rodney Jane following Bob’s exit from the company he founded in 1965 ...

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Brand protection strategies

Key asset A company’s brand portfolio is regarded as one of its key assets and these portfolios are rapidly growing worldwide, which has brought with it a shift in focus from registering brand intellectual property to maximising ...

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Litigious ways: Rihanna doesn’t love the way you lie

The parties Rihanna recently sued the fashion retailer Topshop in the Chancery Court for the tort of passing off. Topshop had been selling t-shirts with a picture of Rihanna that had been taken by a freelance photographer and it was ...

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Star jump or high jump

Jetstar versus Toyota It may sound like an unfair contest, a plane versus a car. Surely once the engine fires up Jetstar will be first to fly past the post. However, this battle of the engines will not necessarily be as ...

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Preventing problems with the PPSR

A string of acronyms PPSA, PPSR, PMSI – leaving aside the sometimes confusing, and frequently tongue twisting terminology, many of us are now well aware of the difficulties posed by the registration of security interests in ...

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Trade mark infringement: Louboutin sees red

Fashion and politics Christian Louboutin has recently claimed in the Antwerp Court in Belgium that its registered trade mark for its iconic red soled shoes was infringed by the Vlaams Belang party’s use of it in a political ...

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A healthy sense of competition

Rolling the dice Competitions are an increasingly powerful way for a business to promote its products and services, or otherwise to interact with users via its social media pages. They can be highly effective marketing tools. ...

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Website Terms and Conditions

How important are they? In 1995 there were an estimated 16million internet users. In 2013, that number has ballooned to 2.8 billion, or 40% of the world’s population. Few businesses are without a web presence, therefore ...

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