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Everyone prefers to buy Australian made. Whether products or services, customers feel purchasing Australian means quality and support for local industry. Businesses using the Australian badge need to ensure that they’re not misleading their customers and are complying with the legal requirements relating to country of origin claims to avoid potentially hefty fines.
Earlier this month the first of the changes necessary to pave the way for further amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct being declared was passed in the Senate. These changes will provide the ACCC with increased powers to enforce compliance including by way of imposing pecuniary penalties for contraventions of relevant industry codes such as the Franchising Code of Conduct. With the full raft of changes to the Code expected to be announced next month and which are to come into effect from the beginning of next year, franchisors will need to ensure that they’ve taken the appropriate steps to remain compliant.
There is little doubt Australians have become food obsessed, from queuing for hours to eat at the newest restaurant in town, reading online foodie blogs, or watching reality cooking shows. As a result of the nation’s obsession, many food manufacturers and retailers are capitalising on the reputation of chefs and of well-known regions of Australia. But the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has pounced on the foodie juggernaut and is cracking down on product claims.
BP’s third attempt to register the colour green as a trade mark was rejected by the Australian Trade Marks Office last week. What do you need to do to successfully register a colour trade mark in Australia?