Intellectual Property & Trade Marks

Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 commences operation

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (Act) received royal assent on 14 September 2017. This means that the following changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 commenced from 15 September 2017: New and increased penalties for serious contraventions of workplace laws and record keeping obligations; New prohibitions against requiring an employee to…

Trade Mark Infringement – If It Is Invisible, Is It An Infringement?

A recent decision by the Full Federal Court has widened the scope of what may constitute trade mark infringement and has practically changed the approach to the use of trade marks online. The case found that seemingly invisible meta tags, used to direct the user’s experience online, can constitute trade mark infringement.
This article explains the significant findings of the decision pertaining to meta tag use and suggests practical tips for protecting your trade mark(s) in light of this case.

SEMINAR INVITATION – Making Unfair Contracts Fair

From 12 November 2016, changes to the law will protect small business from unfair contract terms in standard form contracts.

Raising the Bar Act – Significant Changes to Trade Marks Oppositions in Australia

Some very important changes to the way trade mark oppositions operate in Australia came into effect on 15 April 2013. These changes affect all trade mark oppositions that are lodged after this date and also many oppositions that have already been lodged.