Is the trade mark register too cluttered?
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, Oxford University
Professor Robert Burrell
Professor Robert Burrell, Oxford University and Melbourne Law School, is a leading scholar in international and Australian trade mark law and a registered trade mark attorney. He is the author, with Michael Handler, of Australian Trade Mark Law (2nd ed 2016), and an active participant in trade mark law reform processes, engaging with IP Australia and the Productivity Commission in the course of various inquiries.
Ms Anna Gibson, Global Director of Intellectual Property, Treasury Wine Estates
Ms Anna Gibson
Global Director of Intellectual Property, Treasury Wine Estates
Anna Gibson is the Global Director of Intellectual Property at Treasury Wine Estates, headquartered in Melbourne. Previously the wine division of Foster’s Group, Treasury is one of the world’s largest wine companies, with over 4000 trademarks in over 150 countries worldwide. Brands she manages include famous names like Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Lindemans, 19 Crimes, Squealing Pig and Beringer.
Professor Beth Webster, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Beth Webster
Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Beth Webster is Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. She is also Pro ViceChancellor for Research Impact and Policy. Her expertise centres on the economics of the way knowledge is created and diffused through the economy. She has a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge and an M.Ec and B.Ec (hons) from Monash University. She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia.
Dr Haiyang Zhang, Chief Economist
Dr Haiyang Zhang
Dr. Haiyang Zhang is an Economist at the Office of the Chief Economist in IP Australia. He has worked in the field of intellectual property for more than 20 years. Haiyang received his Masters and PhD degrees in Development Economics from the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan in 2006 and 2009. He moved to Australia in 2012 and worked as a research associate at the Australian National University before joining IP Australia in 2016.
Professor Kimberlee Weatherall, Sydney Law School
Professor Kimberlee Weatherall
Sydney Law School
Professor Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney Law School, teaches and research’s across intellectual property law and the IPtrade nexus. She has published extensively in leading Australian and international journals on issues ranging from digital copyright, and bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and IP, to the conception of the consumer in trade mark law.