Frances Drummond (AU)

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ACCC v Kingisland Meatworks & Cellars: Food for thought

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the consumer watchdog in Australia, is cracking down on businesses making false and misleading premium claims to obtain a selling advantage. One type of premium claim suggests a product has a perceived quality through association with a place of origin, for example “Swiss chocolate” or “Belgian beer.” King … Continue reading

Brand owners continue to target parallel importers

A recent case brought by Electrolux in the Federal Court of Australia reflects the trend of brand owners targeting parallel imports of their goods into Australia. Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd v Delap Impex Ltd [2013] FCA 600. The Federal Court strengthened the position of trade mark owners in this area in its decision in Paul’s Retail … Continue reading

Further changes to labeling and packaging for pharmaceutical businesses harmonization of ingredient names by the Therapeutic Goods Administration

In an effort to avoid confusion, the World Health Organization designates a generic name, or International Non-proprietary Name (INN), for each ingredient in medicines. Pharmaceutical companies may then use proprietary names, or trade marks, to distinguish their goods from those of other traders. An example of this is the INN ingredient ‘paracetamol’ which is also … Continue reading