Malcolm Mabo's trade mark
Published: 23 January 2018

Malcolm Mabo wanted to use his surname for a new clothing business. However, Mabo is no ordinary name. His father, Eddie 'Koiki' Mabo, led the landmark High Court case for native title in Australia.

The Mabo brand is made from Malcolm's surname and symbols from his traditional community. He applied for a trade mark to protect his brand.

Trade marks
Published: 23 January 2018

Kuuku I'yu Northern Kaanju homelands are centred on the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers in Cape York. Their laws and creation stories are connected with their country. Through his father's bloodline, David Claudie knows the medicinal uses of plants that grow there.

Patents
Published: 23 January 2018

In 1998, Wik Apalech dancers from Cape York discovered unauthorized images taken by a commercial photographer at a festival in 1995....

An image of the dancers dressed for ceremony was reproduced onto CDs, postcards, and cassettes. This was offensive because only certain people in the dancers' community have the authority to use images of the dance.

Corporate
Enabled Employment founder Jessica May
Published: 1 December 2017

‘Make sure your IP is the first thing you look at protecting,’ suggests Jessica May, founder of Enabled Employment. 

‘This includes understanding every person who has the rights to it and ensuring it is transferred or an agreement on IP sharing is struck. It will become your most valuable asset.’

Trade marks
Published: 31 July 2017

In China, the Chinese language version of your brand can be just as important as the English language version, as wine maker Penfolds discovered.

Penfolds was, until recently, locked in a protracted legal dispute with a businessman who registered the company’s Chinese name before it did.

Corporate, Trade marks
Published: 31 July 2017

Failing to properly secure your brand in China can be a very expensive mistake, as the experience of computer giant Apple shows.

The California-based technology company was forced to buy the iPad trade mark from another company for US$60 million after a court ruled it did not have the rights to use it in China.

Corporate, Trade marks
Published: 11 July 2017

When Warren Lucas discovered that a manufacturer in China was illegally copying his portable sawmills he decided to take action.

He took legal action in a Chinese court and won his case against manufacturer SSML for infringing on the patent owned by his family business, Lucas Mill.

Corporate, Patents
Published: 11 July 2017

When Tori Best tried to register the name and logo of her Melbourne-based dairy company in China, she found that someone else had got there first.

Someone else had already registered the name Farmer Brown’s Dairy Company as well as the company’s flying cow logo with the China Trade Mark Office, or CTMO.

Corporate, Trade marks
Published: 5 June 2017

Q&A with No-Rock Tables’ founder and inventor, Chris Heyring

Patents, Designs
Published: 5 June 2017

The Daily Edited’s co-founder, Alyce Tran, shares her insights

Trade marks, Designs