Trade Mark News

New .au domain names coming to Australia

by N Murray-Jones • November 2, 2021

From 24 March 2022, new .au domain names will be available for individuals and businesses with an Australian presence. The new .au domain features are:  The name of choosing will be directly before the .au (e.g.  The domain name does not have to match the name of the goods or services provided or the individual or business name  The .au namespace will allow for shorter […]

Use it or lose it – The importance of proper trade mark use

by N Murray-Jones • July 11, 2021

So often we are asked – what trade mark should I register? Do I register the words contained in my trade mark (answer; yes)? Should I also register my logo (answer; yes – but…)? First and foremost, the broadest protection you can obtain from a trade mark registration is a word trade mark. Plain block […]

Universal succeeds in copyright infringement case against Clive Palmer

by N Murray-Jones • June 9, 2021

During the 2019 Federal election, Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party (UAP) campaign featured the song “Aussies Not Gonna Cop It”. The song contained the lyrics “Australia ain’t gonna cop it, no Australia’s not gonna cop it, Aussies not gonna cop it any more”. Universal launched copyright infringement proceedings against Mr Palmer in 2019 on the […]

BREXIT and trade marks designating the European Union

by N Murray-Jones • February 16, 2021

Since 2016, news of Brexit has dominated headlines but in the past 12 months Brexit has disappeared from the front page as COVID began dominating our newsfeed.  However, Brexit has been quietly ticking along behind the scenes. The UK’s exit from the EU came into effect on 31 January 2020 and a transition period was […]

Amazon Brand Registry – An Australian Seller’s Guide

by N Murray-Jones • June 6, 2020

Late last year Amazon launched in Australia and while its arrival was a little underwhelming, online retailing is posing a number of challenges to brand owners including the ability to deal with the sale of counterfeit goods on Amazon. To assist sellers to protect their brands, Amazon has created the Brand Registry. While this program has been welcomed […]

Registered Design or Trade Mark?

by N Murray-Jones • June 6, 2020

Shape Trade Marks Prior to the introduction of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Act) shapes were not registrable as trade mark, however Section 6 of the Act now includes “shapes” as a sign that can be registered as a trade mark, hence the birth of a shape mark, including 3-dimensional shapes in Australia. Registered Design […]

Do you own your Business Name? Trademarks: What you need to know

by N Murray-Jones • May 1, 2020

A distinctive trademark is the footing for a stellar reputation and the foundation of every successful business. But what exactly is a trademark? What is the relationship between trademarks, company names, business names and domain names?  And why should you register your mark, even if you have been using it for decades? With online activity […]

Starting a business? The importance of establishing a strong and viable brand identity

by N Murray-Jones • May 1, 2020

With the number of startups increasing each year, many new business owners are wondering how they can make their product or service stand out in a growing sea of competition. How do successful businesses get their products into the hands of consumers year in year out? And what are they doing with their branding that […]

What is a Notary Public and when would I need one?

by N Murray-Jones • May 1, 2020

What is a notary public? A notary public is a solicitor of at least 5 years standing who has been admitted by the Supreme Court as a Public Notary. Unlike Justices of the Peace (a JP), a notary public’s signature and official seal is recognised not only in Australia but also internationally. A notary public […]

I have a Business Name so why do I need a Trade Mark?

by N Murray-Jones • April 29, 2020

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard “but I registered the business name without a problem, why can’t I have the trade mark?” I would be very well-off indeed! This is a common misconception and is the source of much confusion with businesses. Businesses looking to use a brand as their […]