IP Communique

Of pedantry and promotion – Adani’s brave move


The Australian arm of the Adani Group has announced a rebrand, now to be known as Bravus. Best known for its involvement with Queensland’s controversial Carmichael coal mine, the company is adamant that it is not trying to shake off the negative image painted by the environmental warriors who emerged in force (both in public and in parliament) in opposition to the project.


Moulis Legal appoints Graeme Fearon as Special Counsel, Brisbane office


Moulis Legal is pleased to announce the appointment of Graeme Fearon as special counsel in the firm’s Brisbane office. Previously a partner of top 100 UK law firm Thrings LLP, Graeme will supercharge Moulis Legal’s IP and data privacy capability through his strong experience in commercialising intellectual property, protecting data and privacy, and technology contracting.


Flower thrower trade mark thrown out


The famously anonymous street artist Banksy has lost a legal challenge concerning one of his best-known works, “Love is in the Air”, also known as “The Flower Thrower”.


Parties go nuts over trade dress


The lid has been lifted on intellectual property rights associated with peanut butter trade dress and branding. This interesting trade dress case sees Kraft all dressed up with no place to go, other than an appeal to the High Court.


Defending a stairway to heaven


Led Zeppelin band members and fans were relieved when a recent decision of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals preserved the jury verdict that the Led Zeppelin iconic rock song “Stairway to Heaven” did not infringe the copyright of the Spirit song, “Taurus” (the Stairway to Heaven case).


Green shoots to plant breeder’s rights


Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBRs) are generally not as well-known as other forms of intellectual property rights such as patents, trade marks, copyright and designs.


Defence bid to control uncontrolled technology fails, for now


3D printers, memory devices – you would be excused for thinking that these were pretty standard products these days. But this is not necessarily the case, as the continuing debate about the dividing line between “benign” and “malign” goods, and the people who trade in them, tell us.