Intellectual property.

Blog

Domain name disputes: the Wild West of the internet

In the vast expanse of the internet, domain names are like digital storefronts, essential for businesses and individuals to stake their claim online. However, amidst the plethora of legitimate domain registrations, a darker practice known as cybersquatting lurks. This phenomenon occurs when individuals register domain names in bad faith, aiming to profit from the reputation of established trade marks or businesses.

Read More

Blog

IP Australia trade mark pick list gets an upgrade

IP Australia is replacing the current Trade Marks Goods and Services list (aka the picklist) with the Madrid Goods and Services (Madrid List) list in March 2024. This change will bring Australian trade mark classification standards in line with international best practice; make global trade mark protection easier for Australians doing business overseas.

Read More

Blog

Giving the thumbs down emoji to trademarks

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently decided that simple emojis cannot be trademarked under European law. Here’s what happened: Background emoji In December 2021 a German company Käselow, sought to have a commonly used emoji registered as their trademark. The mark in question was an image of a hand sign commonly understood to mean ‘ILY’ or ‘I Love…

Read More

Blog

Ready to enter the metaverse? Privacy risks companies need to know

The metaverse is an interactive digital environment encompassing all virtual worlds, augmented reality and the internet. A space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users in real time. In simple terms, a 3D version of the internet. 1. Facebook’s nod to the metaverse Following Facebook’s rebranding to Meta, privacy concerns have been raised given Facebook’s history…

Read More

Blog

Copyright has entered the chat … GPT

Key takeaways Recent developments of ChatGPT has triggered debate surrounding the legalities of its content. ChatGPT threatens authors and artists whose work may be used in ChatGPT content without their permission. ChatGPT also raises copyright issues for those who use ChatGPT to create content, as without a human author, it can be difficult to claim copyright infringement. ChatGPT is an…

Read More

Blog

Baseless claims: Ed Sheeran wins 'Shape of You' copyright case

Most of you will have heard Ed Sheeran's blockbuster song 'Shape of You', the most streamed song in Spotify's history with over 3 billion streams. You may also have heard about the copyright case in which Sheeran and his co-writers were accused of plagiarising the 2015 song 'Oh Why' by Sami Chokri...

Read More

Blog

Katie v Katy: a 'Perry'lous dispute

An ongoing legal dispute between clothing designer, Katie Jane Taylor and American singer-songwriter, Katy Perry, continues to make headlines. Taylor, owner of the registered trade mark 'Katie Perry', claims that Katy Perry's use of the mark 'Katy Perry' for her products is deceptively similar. In response to Taylor's claim, Katy Perry...

Read More

Blog

A hefty price for a Google Ad

When seeking out answers, we all reach for Google, the most commonly used platform for information searches. Often, we assume that our search results are accurate. Accuracy is very important when businesses market their products and services on the internet. It is for this reason that they should ensure they do not...

Read More

Blog

Copyright or copywrong?

Businessman and former politician Clive Palmer was defeated in a copyright infringement case following unauthorised use of a popular Twisted Sister song in a political campaign. Palmer, founder and chairman of the United Australia Party (UAP), authorised the recording and broadcast of the song 'Aussies Not Gonna Cop It'. The song...

Read More

Blog

EU filing date on UK trade marks

EU trade marks application filed before 1 January 2021 can claim the EU filing date in UK applications. However to be eligible, the UK trade mark application must be: filed on or before 30 September 2021; for the same trade mark; and for the same goods and services. Impact of Brexit: In our recent blog post, we discussed the impact of Brexit in relation to...

Read More

Get in touch.