Patent & Trade Mark

Lion Nathan case prompts new trade mark search for IP lawyers

Date: 03 August 2010
Author: FB Rice
FB Rice & Co Trade Mark Partner, Joanne Martin, comments on the High Court case involving brewer Lion Nathan and the changes this has made to trade mark searches.
"In the past we would not have raised a beer mark as an objection when looking at launching a wine mark of the same name," she said. "What the trade marks office has done is gone back to its manual and said we now have to broaden our search parameters."
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