How has the current COVID-19 crisis impacted on operations of patent and trade mark offices around the world? Here’s a snapshot of recent information for Australia, United States, EUIPO, UKIPO and European patent office.
The Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020 (Cth) was assented to early last week on 24 March 2020, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Here is a quick comparison of the key features of the new temporary laws introduced against the current law regarding insolvency that have been put into place.
It takes 3-4 months for IP Australia to examine a trade mark application once it has been submitted. This involves an IP Australia examiner checking your application to make sure it contains all the correct information and meet legislative requirements.
It is likely that if you are a business owner, you will inevitably run into a dispute. In our experience the one common factor underlying every commercial dispute is that it was not expected nor was it budgeted for.
Each year approximately 20 pharmacy businesses are formally declared insolvent. Although this is a relatively small number, the impact on vulnerable communities, particularly regional centres, has the potential to be devastating.
Few people enter a new business venture thinking about the potential troubles which might lie before them. All too often the romantic idea of “going into partnership” does not live up to reality once commercial aspirations and ideology between the partners differ.
S&A Legal is representing an Australian fashion designer, Katie Perry, in Federal Court proceedings against the singer, Katy Perry, for alleged trade mark infringement.
This is a repost of an article by Haley Sousa, a resident of Mandelbaum House at USYD. Haley penned this blog after Rob’s recent lecture at their monthly formal dinner.
Failing to properly apply for registration of your design from the outset could very well result in not obtaining usefully enforceable rights. S&A’s Ben Parry explains why expert help is essential when considering registering a design application with IP Australia.
S&A Legal were recognised in the recent Lawyers Weekly national law firms as a boutique firm that is punching well above its weight in valuing and supporting the “wellness” of its team.
All too often our clients find themselves chasing third parties for unpaid invoices issued in relation to services rendered. Richard Ong explains why it is important to ask for help before the matter escalates and how your legal team can assist you to settle the dispute before it gets out of hand.
Have you ever bought prosciutto or camembert, brie, edam or gouda cheese? Australian producers of such foodstuffs may soon face significant disruption to their trade if the proposed Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement (FTA) goes forward in its current form.
A full bench of the Federal Court of Australia has unanimously found in favour of protecting consumers from misleading or deceptive conduct…
A landmark decision by the High Court in Bell Lawyers Pty Ltd v Janet Pentelow & Anor  HCA 29 has held that the Chorley exception should not be recognised as part of the common law in Australia.
S&A’s Rob and Jessica Silberstein spent the week building on relationships with their Lexlink colleagues in Berlin.
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It might seem like an easy thing to do – go to IP Australia’s website and self-file your trade mark. It looks quick and easy and in the mind of many business owners it appears to be an easy way to save on legal costs. Unfortunately, we see daily the same pitfalls that trade mark owners have made by self-filing their trade mark applications.
Ben and John presented to students at the Academy of Entrepreneurs, explaining the importance of protecting your IP and having an IP strategy in place from the outset of a business venture.
From 13 September 2019, following the introduction of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No.5) Act 2019 (Cth), the repeal of the intellectual property (IP) exemptions under s 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA) will commence.
Jonathan was recently admitted as a solicitor with the Supreme Court of NSW. He has been working at S&A for the past six months as a PLT intern whilst completing his College of Law practical studies.