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Recent trademark decisions from the higher courts

Both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal have delivered judgments on actions to protect trade marks in 2017. The Supreme Court’s decision in Crocodile International Pte Ltd v Lacoste involved a Lacoste trade mark (70068), which Crocodile International Pte Ltd had applied to revoke, arguing that Lacoste had not used it. The issue was [...]

June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Legal Developments|Tags: |

Similar or identical trade marks

The recent case of Fonterra Brands (Tip Top Investments) Ltd v Tip Top Restaurant Ltd [2012] BCL 86, illustrates that an attempt to register a trade mark in respect of certain goods and services that are similar or identical to an already existing trade mark will be declined registration, in accordance with section 25 of [...]

April 1st, 2012|Categories: Legal Developments|Tags: |

Controversy Over Trade Marks and the Need for Advice

The importance of choosing an appropriate brand name to trade mark can be seen in the aftermath of the well-known and controversial “radler” decision from the Intellectual Property Office New Zealand (IPONZ) in July this year. The case, DB Breweries Limited v Society of Beer Advocates, Inc (NZIPOTM, 13/07/11), concerned a challenge to DB’s successful [...]

November 1st, 2011|Categories: Legal Developments|Tags: |