Pipers issues a bulletin on a monthly basis providing a summary of recent developments in intellectual property law and practice in Australasia and other key countries and regions such as USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Below are links to articles in the latest bulletin. Previous issues can be accessed via the left pane navigation.
Contents Summary of Latest Bulletin
Assistant Commissioner Questions Workability of Acceptance Timeframe
In 2018 NZIPOPAT 2 Biocon Ltd the Assistant Commissioner confirmed a number of aspects in which the Patents Act 2013 differs from the Patents Act 1953.
Convergence Project for Assessing Disclosure of Designs on the Internet
In March 2018 the EUIPO launches a new European convergence project regarding the criteria for assessing disclosure of designs on the internet.
3. Trade Marks
Criteria for Assessing Distinctiveness of Coloured Shape Marks Considered
In preliminary ruling Christian Louboutin v Van Haren Schoenen BV an Advocate General of The Hague has ruled on the criteria by which three-dimensional marks combining colour and shape can be ruled invalid.
Judge Holds that Assessment of Ownership can be Affected by Events Subsequent to Filing Date
In SC Johnson & Son Ltd v International Consolidated Business Pty Ltd the High Court Judge quashed an Assistant Commissioner’s decision and ordered a rehearing before the Assistant Commissioner on the issue of ownership.