Direct Selling Legal Update - June 2018
Welcome to the latest issue of the Addisons Direct Selling Legal Update.
There have been a number of significant issues affecting the direct selling sector which have occurred since our last newsletter. Some of these issues are addressed in this newsletter.
Important changes to the regulation of complementary medicines in Australia
Some very significant legislative changes1 have recently been made to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (TGA) in respect of the regulation of complementary medicines in Australia.
IP Australia Fee Changes
Changes to IP Australia's official fees will take place from 10 October 2016. Below is an outline of the fee changes with a focus on trade marks.
Raising The Bar update - Too high or not high enough?
On 15 April 2013, the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 (RTB Act) came into force in Australia. The RTB Act gave rise to a number of significant changes across Australia's intellectual property legislation.
Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015 – Australia - Doing the Right Thing and Doing Things Right!
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015 (the Act) was passed by the Senate on 9 February 2015.
Accelerating Commercialisation - New Assistance for IP Commercialisations
The Australian government has recently launched a new program titled "Accelerating Commercialisation" (AC) which provides financial and other business and legal assistance to individuals and businesses for the commercialisation of intellectual property (IP).
Protecting your Brand Overseas – Important changes to Chinese Trade Mark Law
Some of our previous Focus Papers have touched on the territorial nature of trade mark rights and the importance of protecting your brand in each country in which you intend to trade. The cultural, political and economic relationships between China and Australia have grown considerably over the past few decades.
Australian Trade Marks - Important Reforms in Australian Trade Mark Law Come into Force on 15 April 2013 - The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 (the Act) comes into force on 15 April 2013. This will (among other changes): 1. implement significant changes to the practice applicable to both trade mark opposition and removals; 2. introduce new procedures relating to customs notices, 3. provide for higher penalties; and 4. allow the incorporation of trade marks attorneys.