Is the trade mark register too cluttered?


Is the trade mark register too cluttered?

Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


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Companies and trade mark attorneys are probably familiar with the struggle to find a good, attractive trade mark in what seems to always be a crowded field. Some of the problem might just be competition, but there has been concern that part of the problem is that the trade marks register is full of unused, or overly broad marks. In its Inquiry into IP Arrangements, the Australian Productivity Commission suggested this was a problem and suggested some reforms. But is there a problem – and if there is, what would a sensible solution look like? In this seminar we will hear perspectives on these questions from a range of experts, including Dr Haiyang Zhang from IP Australia, who will talk about new research out of the Office of the Chief Economist at IP Australia.


  • Professor Robert Burrell
    Professor Robert Burrell, Oxford University
  • Ms Anna Gibson
    Ms Anna Gibson, Global Director of Intellectual Property, Treasury Wine Estates
  • Professor Beth Webster
    Professor Beth Webster, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Dr Haiyang Zhang
    Dr Haiyang Zhang, Chief Economist
  • Professor Kimberlee Weatherall