Australian Trade Mark law is expected to undergo important changes brought by the Intellectual Property Law Amendment Act 2006 and Trade Mark Amendment Act 2006. The IP Law This article reviews the following keys amendments to the Trade Marks Act 1995 introduced by both the IP Laws Amendment Act and the Trade Mark Amendment Act: registrar of trade marks revocation powers; public access to document held by IP Australia; requirement for legal personality in regards to trade mark applications; introduction of ownership ground of opposition to trade mark applications; abolishing requirement for substantially identical and deceptively similar; introduction of bad faith ground of opposition to trade mark applications; and reduction of grace period for renewal after registration expires [read more].
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