This update provides an overview of the legislative provisions and recent case law in regards to removing a trade mark from the register for non-use. The landmark 2010 decision in E&J Gallo Winery v Lion Nathan Australia Pty offers the first consideration of this aspect of trade mark law by the High Court of Australia since 1977. This decision emphasises that trade mark owners or authorised users must use their trade marks in respect of the goods/services for which they are registered in Australia or face the risk of an application for removal on the grounds of non-use. [read more]
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