Welcome to Shelston IP’s round up of key trade mark cases in Australia and New Zealand for 2017.
It was a little quiet on the trade mark scene in New Zealand in 2017 but there was plenty happening in Australia including some important Full Federal Court cases. In particular, the Full Federal Court has concluded that use of a competitor’s registered trade marks in website metatags can amount to trade mark infringement in certain circumstances. The Full Federal Court has also confirmed that a trade mark application and resulting registration will be invalid and cannot be rectified if the trade mark application was initially filed in the name of a person or company that was not entitled to claim ownership of the mark.
Authored by Michael Deacon