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Rokt’s software patent to take centre stage in high-stakes hearing
Intellectual Property July 17, 2018 11:30 pm By Christine Caulfield

A three-day hearing starts Wednesday in a challenge by marketing technology startup Rokt to an IP Australia decision that rejected its patent application, a closely-watched case that could move the dial on the patentability of software.

SNF’s decade-long battle over BASF mine patents comes to a close
Intellectual Property July 17, 2018 9:26 am By Christine Caulfield

A patent dispute between SNF and BASF that started in 2008 and went all the way to the High Court has come to an end, with the chemical giants appearing to have settled what remained of their hard-fought battle.

Costs in “Love is in the Air” IP case ballooning, court told
Intellectual Property July 17, 2018 10:58 pm By Miklos Bolza

The costs of defending a copyright case over the disco hit “Love is in the Air” are out of control and could exceed any amount recovered, members of US band Glass Candy told a federal court judge, as they faced off against co-defendant Air France in an unsuccessful bid to consolidate the liability and costs phases of the case.

17-yr-old trade mark error can’t be fixed, Full Court rules
Intellectual Property July 16, 2018 4:39 pm By Christine Caulfield

Industrial filter manufacturer Vokes has lost its fight to correct a 17-year-old error that removed it as the registered owner of six trade marks, with the Full Federal Court ruling Monday that the Registrar did not have the power to fix the mistake of her own initiative.

Kraft loses bid for Bega docs as trial date looms
Intellectual Property July 13, 2018 5:30 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has shot down a bid by Kraft for extensive discovery from Bega, but granted its request for a so-called Sabre order against US company Mondelez, three weeks before trial kicks off in the case over who owns the rights to the iconic Kraft peanut butter trade dress in Australia.

Arnold Bloch to defend Kogan against ‘catch’ AdWords claims
Intellectual Property July 13, 2018 12:13 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Arnold Bloch Liebler will defend e-retailer Kogan against allegations by competitor Catch Group that it is violating its “catch” trademarks and the consumer law through sponsored links on Google driven by phrases using the word “catch”.

Hill & Smith files patent infringement case against company of former employees
Intellectual Property July 13, 2018 10:41 pm By Christine Caulfield

UK-based building products giant Hill & Smith Holdings has launched a Federal Court case accusing an Australian company, whose directors are ex-employees, of selling road safety barriers that infringe one of its patents.

Judge says Sportsbet case over CrownBet rebrand is ‘strong’
Intellectual Property July 12, 2018 11:39 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The judge that temporarily barred CrownBet from moving forward with its planned rebrand to Sportingbet said Sportsbet has made a ‘strong’ case that use of the mark by CrownBet is likely to cause confusion among consumers of online betting services.

Sportsbet wins temporary injunction against CrownBet rebrand
Intellectual Property July 11, 2018 9:02 pm By Christine Caulfield

Online bookmaker Sportsbet has secured an interim injunction against Crownbet that temporarily blocks its rival from plans to rebrand its betting company Sportingbet.

Sportsbet seeks emergency injunction against Crownbet rebrand
Intellectual Property July 9, 2018 2:59 pm By Christine Caulfield

Sportsbet has asked a judge for an emergency order blocking Crownbet’s planned rebranding to “Sportingbet” until the lawsuit it filed over its betting rival’s planned use of the mark has been resolved.