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Popular craft beer manufacturer, Stone & Wood, were claiming that Thunder Road’s use of the names ‘Pacific Ale’ and ‘Pacific’ was causing confusion among consumers, leading them to order a Thunder Road beer when what they really wanted was a Stone & Wood.  The beer rivals’ labels are below – confused, or not so much?

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Last week the Federal Court handed down its judgment in Lodestar Anstalt v Campari America LLC [2016] FCAFC 92, which was an appeal from the decision in Skyy Sprits LLC v Lodestar Anstalt [2015] FCA 509. The judgment clarified how the Full Federal Court’s decision in Yau’s Entertainment Pty Ltd v Asia Television Ltd [2002] […]

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We first wrote about Lachlan Smart’s bid almost one year ago. Since then he has gained media interest from most Australian television channels and new media, the latest from ABC.

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The Commissioner of Taxation (“the Commissioner“) sought to require Channel 7 (“7“) to pay withholding tax on payments totalling almost $98M made by 7 to the International Olympic Committee (“the IOC“) for the exclusive right to the live broadcast of Olympic events for the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Games.

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Tattoo copyright – making its mark?

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In The Hangover II, Mike Tyson’s famous face tattoo appears on Ed Helms’ character.  In 2011, before the film was set to be released, Tyson’s tattoo artist, S Victor Whitmill sued Warner Bros Entertainment Inc, trying to stop the film from being released. Whitmill wanted monetary damages for copyright infringement of Tyson’s tattoo – the […]

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The Productivity Commission released a draft report on intellectual property arrangements on 29 April 2016. This report, which spans 600 pages in total, considers the current state of intellectual property creation, use, and protection in Australia, and proposes drastic and wide ranging changes to current intellectual property laws.

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Dallas Buyers Club case dismissed

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