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This is the second article in our series that looks at important changes to Chinese trademark laws taking effect in May 2014. The first article can be found here: Important changes to Chinese trademark laws.
In May 2014, China will be implementing important changes to its trade mark laws. This is the first in a series of posts about these changes.
The new trade mark laws that will introduce some changes to the way trade mark applications are processed. The changes intend to streamline procedures, increase efficiency and take steps towards minimising piracy.
The trade mark battle of the ‘mites’ between Dick Smith and Roger Ramsey in Dick Smith Investments Pty Ltd v Roger John Ramsey  ATMO 16 serves as a reminder of the importance of actively using a trade mark to ensure its protection.
In Apple Inc. v Metropage Pty Ltd  ATMO 106, Apple Inc has successfully opposed an application to register IBAD as a trade mark in Australia.
On 13 October 2011, Metropage Pty Ltd filed to register its IBAD trade mark in Australia in relation to electronic display terminals and kiosks. The mark IBAD was said to derive from an acronym for ‘Interactive Business Advertising Display’.
A recent judgment in the Federal Court of Australia (Adidas AG v Pacific Brands Footwear Pty Ltd (No 4)  FCA 1335) offers an interesting insight into the importance of protecting distinctive product designs as trade marks.
- New law to protect major event sponsors
- Changes to trademark oppositions in China
- Important changes to Chinese trade mark laws
- A mite too late: Dick Smith loses OzEmite
- Trade Marks Office decision too bad for IBAD
- Pacific Brands’ four stripes infringes Adidas’ three stripes
- Domain name disputes: evidence is everything
- Why your business name is worthless (when it comes to brand protection)
- Delay costs Winnebago on appeal
- Man of Steel prevails in fight to trade mark ‘Superman Workout’
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