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IP Australia

A look at IP Australia’s Indigenous Knowledge Project

IP Australia (i.e. Australia’s Patent, Designs, Trade Marks and PBR Office) recently released further details of its upcoming Indigenous Knowledge Project, including a Work Plan for 2020-2021. The Work Plan outlines several proposed initiatives for greater protection of indigenous knowledge and indigenous cultural expressions. Perhaps most immediately, IP Australia has forecast upcoming consultations on proposed … Read More

Victoria Beckham is in a “VB” Trade Mark Dispute in Australia

Former Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria Beckham recently appealed IP Australia’s decision to register two trade marks featuring the initials “VB” for use on cosmetics by a Sydney-based skincare company VB Skinlab Pty Ltd. Beckham contends that the trade marks “would be likely to deceive or cause confusion” in Australia because her fashion and … Read More

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