Ghostwriting and Copyright in Australia
Mar / 01

Ghostwriting and Copyright in Australia

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Who Owns Copyright – Ghostwriting There is a good chance that if you are reading this you have either entered into a ghostwriting agreement or are considering hiring a writer to create that story you have been burning to tell. However, you probably also wish to know if getting someone else to write said story […]

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Unfair Dismissal in Australia
Feb / 25

Can They Do That? – Unfair Dismissal in Australia

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Unfair Dismissal – Now What?! So, you think you are about to be fired or have just been handed a pink slip. You’re probably thinking, now what? If you believe your untimely firing was harsh, unjust or unreasonable you may have been unfairly dismissed. Losing your job can be a really difficult and very stressful […]

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Trade Marking Foreign Words
Feb / 25

Lost in Translation? Trade Marking Foreign Words

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Lost in Translation? Trade Marking Foreign Words Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country. We recently received an inquiry from a client about whether they can seek trade mark protection of a word in a foreign language. Generally, to enjoy trade mark protection, your trade mark must be capable of distinguishing your goods and/or services […]

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Colour Confusion - Beyoncé x Adidas x Popeyes
Feb / 19

Colour Confusion – Beyoncé x Adidas x Popeyes

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

If you like it then you shoulda put a trade mark on it! Beyoncé has recently collaborated with sports label giant Adidas to launch a new clothing line of athleisure pieces and the maroon and orange colour scheme seems to have caught the attention of the beloved American fast-food chain, Popeyes.  The chicken chain served […]

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Nestlé vs Yarra Valley
Feb / 19

Nestlé v Yarra Valley Chocolaterie – In A Spot Of Trouble

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Hey there Freckle Face, you better stop using my trade mark! Victorian family business, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, has found itself in a ‘David v Goliath’ battle against world-renown chocolate and confectionary brand Nestlé for use of the term FRECKLES in several of its yummy chocolate treats.  Nestlé has registered the word FRECKLES under trade […]

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Can Emails Make A Binding Contract?
Feb / 11

Can Emails Make A Binding Contract?

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Can emails make a binding contract? A lot of our clients regret sending an email offering something to another person thus potentially making a contract. In other words, can a set of emails make a binding contract per Australian law? Well the simple answer is, yes. The recipe for a binding contract requires at minimum […]

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Do you own your life
Feb / 07

Do You Own Your Life?

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

This might be an intriguing title for an article because at first glance, of course you own your life – otherwise, who else would? But this is more a question of do you own the story of your life? Taking that a step further, how would you feel if someone else came along, say, an […]

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Blog Defamatory
Feb / 07

When is a blog defamatory?

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Most of us write blogs from time to time. Sometimes it is used in a manner to vent about our lives. However, depending on the nature of the blog post, you could be facing potential legal risk. Thus the question you may have asked yourself, is my blog defamatory? Defamation unlike other areas of law […]

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Pet Food Regulation Report 2019
Dec / 04

Pet Food Regulation Report 2019

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Full Report Attached Below: Pet Food Regulation Report 2019 – Australia Meat used as pet food (also termed as pet meat) is regulated in every state and territory of Australia except for Australian Capital Territory. Every state and other territories require that knackeries, butcher shops, animal food processing plants and meat processing plants hold an […]

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Instragram Influencer Legal Concerns
Jul / 10

Are you an Instagram Influencer? IP Legal Concerns

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

For some, Instagram has become a career bringing in a steady income. Those with the skill (or luck) to amass a hoard of followers have vast potential to a sizeable living from paid promotions. However, before uploading your next post to Instagram to be seen by millions, there are a few influencer legal concerns that […]

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