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Business ready: Why Telstra and Vodafone are gearing up to fight a legal battle for SMEs

Telstra and Vodafone are squaring up to fight a trademark battle over the words ‘ready business’. by Kirsten Robb

Thursday, 26 March 2015

James Packer sucked into trademark dispute over “Crown Resorts” name

Casino mogul James Packer will be forced to defend the business name he has used for decades, after a rival hotel group launched legal action against the billionaire’s Crown group over the right to the name “Crown Resorts”. by Eloise Keating

Friday, 20 March 2015

Balls to you, America: Underwear maker Comfyballs gets testy with US trademark office after nuts name ruling

A Scandinavian men’s underwear company that operates in Australia is calling on the public to vote on whether its business name is offensive. by Broede Carmody

Monday, 16 March 2015

Mad, bad and dangerous trademarks

Unlike Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, most business owners cannot afford the legal hassle and expense of securing trademark rights over descriptive words. Thankfully, building a powerful brand with limited resources is easier than you might think. by Rosana She

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Small business owner embroiled in courtroom battle over sound-alike business name

Small business owner Ian Hamilton has been left devastated, becoming embroiled in a courtroom battle over his business name and concept with a former friend and business partner. by Cara Waters

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Jeanswest NZ ordered to pay G-Star RAW $50,000 for copying its jeans

The New Zealand arm of retail chain Jeanswest has been ordered to hand over $NZ50,000 in additional damages to denim brand G-Star RAW, after selling 63 pairs of jeans modelled on the design of G-Star’s biker jeans. by Eloise Keating

Friday, 23 January 2015

Topshop legal battle: Rihanna the only girl in the world to approve her merch

Pop star Rihanna has won a legal battle against British retailer Topshop, which used her image on a t-shirt without her permission. by Kirsten Robb

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Pho-to fury: London restaurant told to “go f-ck yourself” by Melbourne rival that allegedly stole its images

An Australian restaurant that was accused by a popular London eatery of stealing photos of its food has allegedly responded by telling them to “go f-ck yourself”. by Andrew Sadauskas

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Asian rip-offs: Aussie businesses “day to day” battle with copycats

Increasing numbers of Australian businesses are becoming embroiled in legal battles in Asia over trademark and copyright issues. by Cara Waters
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