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Official Trademark Registration Fees

Official Trademark Registration Fees

17 August 2013

IP Australia charges fees for the filing and registration of trademarks. These are usually added to the professional fees of any lawyer or trademark attorney who acts on your behalf – and can even amount to more than half of your total trademark registration costs!

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Trademark Oppositions

Trademark Oppositions

6 December 2011

A “trademark opposition” is a process for determining objections to the registration of a trademark application. This article provides an introduction to the trademark opposition process in the form of answers to FAQs.

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“Humpty Dumpty” Copyright Assignments

“Humpty Dumpty” Copyright Assignments

15 November 2011

A copyright assignment involves the transfer of part or all of the copyright in a particular work from one owner to another. For a copyright assignment to be effective, it must be in writing and signed by, or on behalf of, the “assignor”. The failure to follow this simple requirement can lead to problems.

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Series Trademark Applications

Series Trademark Applications

4 February 2011

In certain circumstances, it’s possible to apply to register two or more variations of your trademark in a single application. This is known as a “series application”. This post explains the basics behind series applications, and why you might want to make one.

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US Trademarks: Intent to Use

US Trademarks: Intent to Use

21 December 2010

The US trademark system has particular requirements regarding the intention to use trademarks which should be borne in mind by Australian trade mark owners who are hoping to extend their protection to that country. This post looks at a few of the issues that typically arise for Australian trade mark owners (those using the Madrid Protocol in particular).

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IP Insurance

IP Insurance

12 November 2010

An essential ingredient of any mature intellectual property strategy is to ensure that you are able to enforce and defend your rights in court should the need ever arise. There is no point ensuring that you have secured your intellectual property rights if you don’t have the means to take an infringer to court, or defend allegations being made against you. In this post, we look at how IP insurance works, and whether it is suitable for you.

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Apply early and lock in your trademark priority date

Apply early and lock in your trademark priority date

20 September 2010

The date on which you file your trademark application can have a significant impact on your rights in relation to other trademark users. As a general rule, the earlier that you file your trade mark application the better.

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Procedure for Domain Name Disputes under the auDRP

Procedure for Domain Name Disputes under the auDRP

1 July 2010

Domain name disputes in Australia are decided under the .au Dispute Resolution Policy (or the auDRP). This post explains the main steps that are involved in deciding a dispute under this policy, from the commencement of the dispute to the implementation of the decision.

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The Concept of “Bad Faith” in Domain Name Disputes

The Concept of “Bad Faith” in Domain Name Disputes

21 June 2010

Registrants of “.au” domain names who are unhappy about the use of similar domain names by other traders must be able to show that the other domain names were registered in “bad faith” if they are to use the Dispute Resolution Policy for .au Doman Names (the auDRP). What exactly is bad faith?

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Courts vs Arbitration for Domain Name Disputes

Courts vs Arbitration for Domain Name Disputes

14 June 2010

Domain name owners who are upset by the registration of another domain name will often have a number of options to resolve a matter. These will include utilising the official .au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) or various actions in court. Which option to choose will depend upon the particular circumstances.

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