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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?
The importation of cheap copy or counterfeit products into Australia can damage your brand, and undermine the significant investment you make in advertising, promoting and selling your products. Filing a Notice of Objection with Australia Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs) is a cost-effective way of stopping these products from entering the Australian market and helping you enforce your valuable IP rights.
With the introduction of the Personal Property Securities Act (PPSA) on 30 January 2012, the protections afforded to suppliers who provide goods to their customers under retention of title arrangements (ROT) have changed dramatically.