Posts in Trade Marks & Branding
Trademark Oppositions

After trademarks have been accepted for registration by IP Australia, this fact is advertised in the Official Trade Marks Journal. This triggers a two month period known as the ‘Opposition Period’ in which others have a right to oppose to the registration of the trademark. In this article, we give answers to some frequently asked questions about trademark oppositions.

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What is a Trademark?

Trademarks perform a specific branding function: they distinguish the goods or services of one trader from those provided by its competitors. In this article, we look at the role played by trademarks, and provide some real world examples of different types of trademarks which have been registered in Australia.

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Search in the Right Places

When you’re looking for something, it seems obvious to say that you need to look in all the right places. The same is true of trademark searches, where (whether you’re searching for yourself, or are paying someone else to search for you) you need to make sure that all of the correct databases are being searched. You should never be afraid to ask questions about the extent of paid searches, and this article gives you an idea of what questions to ask.

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