Alyson Poole (AU)

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What’s in a name? How to protect yourself if your name is your personal brand

Cher, Prince, Oprah, Bono – all of these celebrities have one thing in common – the capacity to be recognised by nothing more than a single name. For businesses which are built on the success of a personal brand, a name can be a crucial component of being recognised by consumers. But the question remains: should … Continue reading

Don’t be a Turkey! – Lessons learnt for trade mark owners as the Wild case concludes

A recent High Court of Australia (HCA) decision has marked the finale of the dispute between Lodestar Anstalt (Wild Geese Whiskey) and Campari America LLC (Wild Turkey Bourbon), with the HCA refusing to grant Wild Turkey Bourbon leave to appeal the 2016 decision of the Full Federal Court of Australia.  For full background on the … Continue reading

New country of origin food labeling system

The Times, They Are A Changin’: From 1 July 2016, new country of origin labeling requirements will become a reality in Australia, with a new food labeling system commencing under the Australian Consumer Law. Both consumers and businesses need to be aware of the new system, which is intended to ensure that labels are clear … Continue reading

All aboard? Possible changes to country of origin food labeling in Australia

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) is currently calling for submissions from food industry stakeholders in response to a consultation paper which has the potential to change significantly the framework governing food labeling requirements in Australia. This update discusses possible changes to food regulation, including through the introduction of a requirement for labels … Continue reading

When is a Winnebago not a Winnebago?

Recent Full Federal Court decision aims to reduce confusion in Australia The kids have grown up, the retirement papers are finalized and your superannuation cheques are flowing in. What is the next logical step? A motor home tour around Australia, I hear you cry. But when it comes to choosing the right chariot, that the … Continue reading
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