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Small business Ferment Monster turns to crowdfunding in trademark battle with energy drink giant

A starter culture business in New South Wales is embroiled in a trademark dispute with international energy drinks brand Monster over allegations the smaller...

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Mind your hashtags: Why your company needs to tread carefully when supporting the Olympics on social media

Companies taking to social media to show support for Olympic athletes will have to tread carefully throughout the course of the 2016 games, as...

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Why Uber forced this Gold Coast business to change its name

A delivery business on the Gold Coast has been forced to change its name after receiving legal threats from ridesharing giant Uber. Manne Padowitz, general...

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Why Kylie Minogue wants to block Kylie Jenner’s attempt to trademark her first name

Australian singer and entertainer Kylie Minogue has objected to US reality television personality Kylie Jenner’s attempt to trademark the name Kylie, on the basis...
Five things every new business needs to know about protecting intellectual property

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Five things every new business needs to know about protecting intellectual property

  The early stages of a business can be a minefield. But you can avoid potential battles later on by considering at least these...
Wicked look: Instagram users accuse Cotton On accused of ripping off small business’s candle design

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Wicked look: Instagram users accuse Cotton On accused of ripping off small business’s candle design

Cotton On is facing renewed claims it is copying the designs of small businesses, with several Instagram users drawing attention to a Cotton On...
Gee-gee winner: Gucci trumps Guess in Aussie round of trademark brawl

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Gee-gee winner: Gucci trumps Guess in Aussie round of trademark brawl

Luxury fashion brand Gucci has won a long fought trademark battle against Guess in an Australian Trademarks Office decision handed down last month. The...
Target defeats Catch of the Day in battle for “Tar-jay” trademark

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Target defeats Catch of the Day in battle for “Tar-jay” trademark

  Target may not love being referred to as “Tar-jay” but that hasn’t stopped the Aussie retail giant battling it out to secure the...
Letter boxing: Australia Post hunts down Sendle over “post without the office” slogan

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Letter boxing: Australia Post hunts down Sendle over “post without the office” slogan

  “This is just big business tactics to stop us using a great slogan.” Australia Post is embroiled in a trademark stoush with...
Productivity Commission to investigate IP issues for SMEs

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Productivity Commission to investigate IP issues for SMEs

  The federal government has launched an inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property system in a bid to protect the rights of small businesses. The...
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