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TM Headstart – Test the water with your trade mark application

IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property including trade marks. In recent times IP Australia has been experiencing delays in the general examination of trade marks.…

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Businesses making false or misleading claims – avoid misleading and deceptive conduct

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority whose role is to enforce the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and ensure compliance with competition, fair trading and…

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Foreign investment review board (FIRB) approval for land investments in Australia

The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) is an Australian government department that assesses applications from foreign persons who would like to invest or buy a home in Australia. It is…

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Proposed changes to the franchising code

It is clear from the governments release of the exposure draft of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Franchising) Amendment (Fairness in Franchising) Regulations 2020 in response to the Parliamentary Join…

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Online Bullying – Safety for all

In a world first effort to crack down on cyberbullying (online bullying), the Federal government has announced its plans to introduce a new Online Safety Bill (the Bill) to protect…

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Buying a business – what do I need to know?

Whilst the COVID world has made business very hard for some, it has also been a boom time for many. I recall a very old and dear client once saying…

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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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