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Can you protect a trade mark which has descriptive elements?

The Full Court of the Federal Court recently dismissed an appeal by Urban Alley Brewery Pty Ltd (Urban Alley), a craft brew house after it appealed against a decision earlier…

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Charity or social enterprise – What’s the best structure?

We are often consulted by clients who wish to set up a charity, not-for-profit organisation or social enterprise. So, what are the differences between charities and socials enterprises and what…

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Transfer duty on small business restructure

Suck it and see? Pros and cons of keeping your startup simple. No-one wants to spend more than they have to in setting up a small business. Some startup owners…

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What happens if my finance approval gets withdrawn once the contract becomes unconditional during COVID-19?

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact worldwide. Even though restrictions are currently easing in Queensland, unfortunately the pandemic may still have a significant effect…

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Queensland – the easiest state in Australia to buy property

In Queensland, most property purchases use a standard contract endorsed by the Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.  The property industry is familiar with the standard…

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Criminal implications for underpaying staff

Until earlier this month, the only recourse against employers for underpayments was through civil litigation, whether through the small claims process (Industrial Magistrates Court) or the Federal Circuit Court. An…

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Allowances – Supervisors & Leading Hands

If your business employs staff under a Modern Award (Award) which provides for supervisor or leading hand allowances, you may have asked one of the following questions: Who is entitled…

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Checking The Facts Before You Write A Review

After a six year battle of defending her opinion, Carrie Curtis, formerly known as Carrie Barlow, has been ordered by the District Court of Queensland (Asbog Veterinary Services Pty Ltd…

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Commercial Leases and COVID-19

If you are a tenant facing difficulties due to the pandemic, or a landlord being approached by a tenant, the first step should still be communication, as I mentioned in…

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Should I register my trade mark overseas?

"Let’s get ready to rumble!" is a phrase recognised around the world. 🥊🎙️ Famed wrestling and boxing announcer Michael Buffer must have known his catchphrase would take off when he…

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Selling a property during COVID-19

As you all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact worldwide. Even though the restrictions are currently easing in Queensland, unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic may still have a…

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Buying a property during COVID-19

As everyone knows, the COVID-19 Pandemic is having an unprecedented impact worldwide. Even though the restrictions are currently easing in Queensland, unfortunately the pandemic may still have a significant effect…

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