IP Australia to adopt Madrid Goods and Services List

In January of this year IP Australia announced that it will adopt the internationally recognised Madrid Goods and Services list (Madrid List). The Madrid List is expected to take over the existing Trade Mark Goods and Services list in March 2024. The change will bring IP Australia’s classification of goods and services for the purposes […]

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The Federal Court makes its order – Hungry Jack’s ‘Big Jack’ trade mark not deceptively similar to McDonald’s ‘Big Mac’

In a Federal Court judgment handed down in November, Justice Stephen Burley found that fast-food giants McDonald’s and Hungry Jack’s each had a measure of success in their dispute. The case relates to Hungry Jack’s BIG JACK and MEGA JACK burgers that Hungry Jacks began selling in early 2020, which McDonald’s alleged infringed its BIG […]

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The High Court considers implied terms in informal contracts

The High Court of Australia recently handed down its judgment in the matter of Realestate.com.au Pty Ltd v Hardingham, RP Data Pty Limited v Hardingham [2022] HCA 39, which revisited the law around implied terms in informal contracts. Background Mr Hardingham is a professional photographer and sole director of Real Estate Marketing Australia Pty Ltd (REMA) (together, […]

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Deadline to apply for Priority Status for .au direct domain names is approaching

You may be aware that the deadline to apply for Priority Status for ‘.au’ direct domain names for your existing key Australian domain names is 20 September 2022. This means that if you have an Australian presence and have held a domain name ending in .au (e.g. ‘gadens.com.au’) prior to 24 March 2022 you may […]

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Doing business in Australia

The Gadens Doing business in Australia guide provides foreign investors with an overview of the Australian business, economic and regulatory environment, as well as practical advice on how to go about setting up and doing business in Australia. Australia is an ideal investment location for foreign companies looking to grow internationally, benefitting from well-developed infrastructure, […]

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Brexit – where to next for your IP Rights in the EU and UK?

After years of debate, tears and cheers, the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020 received its Royal Assent on 23 January and as of 11pm on 31 January 2020, the UK officially left the EU after 47 years. The UK has now entered a transition period (Transition Period) until 31 December 2020 (Exit Day), where EU […]

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If you have a website, read this: .au direct registration available soon

Second level .au domain names are expected to be available for registration from Q4 2019. Brand owners and current domain name registrants should all consider taking action to secure .au domain names, whether for direct use or for the purpose of preventing third parties from registering domain names that incorporate their brands. In this article, […]

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