By Melinda Upton and Danielle Selig

What you need to know

On 22 May 2013, Justice Bennett refused an application in the Federal Court of Australia, by Cheqout Pty Ltd (Cheqout), to register the trade mark “superman workout”. Adopting the test relied upon by Justice Dodds-Streeton in Fry Consulting v Sports Warehouse Inc (No 2) (2012) (Fry), her Honour held that Cheqout made the application in bad faith as its “conduct fell short of the standards of acceptable commercial behaviour observed by reasonable and experienced persons.”

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By David M. Kramer

The Trademark Clearinghouse, one of the key rights protection mechanisms included in ICANN’s new gTLD program, will be launching on March 26, 2013.  As the name implies, the Trademark Clearinghouse is a centralized database containing trademark data submitted by brand owners.  It is critical that brand owners submit this trademark data prior to the launch of new gTLDs, which may occur as early as April 23, 2013.


Last night, we attended a DC Bar fashion law panel discussion, “For the Love of Fashion: Protect Yourself,” at Baker Hostetler in Washington DC. It was a very informative and comprehensive discussion from in-house and outside counsel, including DLA Piper’s Lisa Norton, who is Of Counsel in the Patent Prosecution group, on trademark, copyright, and patent protection as well as current hot-button developments in fashion law and anti-counterfeiting.

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This past weekend, over 200 DLA Piper attorneys traveled to Schaumburg, Illinois for the Intellectual Property & Technology (IPT) Practice Group Conference (“Conference”). The Conference’s theme was “Celebration and Commitment.” This three-day event focused on

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