Can I obtain IP protection for food or recipes?

If you are in the restaurant business you may wonder if you can secure intellectual property (IP) protection for the delicious recipes, foods, and drinks that attract customers to your establishment. Food and drink Patents are used to protect products and processes. To obtain a patent it is necessary to meet stringent requirements including that…
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A simple guide to trade mark oppositions in Australia – Part 1

I receive many enquiries regarding trade mark oppositions. They are the most interesting part of my practice, and are generally not well understood. I have prepared a brief guide, in four parts, to help explain the trade mark opposition process. The four articles will cover: Part 1 – What is a trade mark opposition, and…
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World Intellectual Property Day (or Happy Birthday WIPO)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) was established in 1967 as an agency of the United Nations. WIPO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and is “the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation” ( From a practical perspective, WIPO administers a number of International Intellectual Property treaties, including the Patent Cooperation Treaty…
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