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Blair Beven

Expertise

Blair advises a diverse client base including food and beverage, skincare and cosmetics, IT, fashion and celebrity endorsements. Blair has significant experience in copyright, design, software licensing and patent strategies. While his specialisation is mainly trade marks, Blair also has experience in all forms of IP litigation including trade mark infringement, patent litigation and breach of confidence matters. Blair has been involved in significant cases before the Commissioner of Trade Marks and the Australian Federal Courts.

Experience

Blair’s expertise includes:

  • trade mark creation
  • matters relating to trade mark ownership and protection
  • licensing of trade marks
  • copyright matters
  • design matters
  • software licensing matters
  • patent strategies.

Publications

09 July 2019 - Knowledge

Lost in translation: The People vs Kim K

#Intellectual Property, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications

As many businesses would know, picking a trade mark is not easy. Just ask US celebrity Kim Kardashian who had selected the name ‘kimono’ for her new shapewear range, but has since been accused of neglecting cultural considerations, prompting the Japanese Trade Marks Office to dispatch an envoy of IP lawyers to discuss the application with the United States Patent and Trade mark Office. We look at the latest on this matter – and the key lessons for business when selecting a trade mark.

11 September 2019 - In the News

Penalties for unfair contract terms – what is the Government waiting for?

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Government, #Procurement

Despite mounting pressure following the recent investigation of UberEats by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, the Federal Government is yet to make good on its pre-election promise to strengthen the unfair contract term regime.

09 September 2019 - Knowledge

Penalties for unfair contract terms – what is the government waiting for?

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Government, #Procurement

With the Federal Government soon to commence consultation on the unfair contract term regime, we review the current system and outline key implications for businesses if changes are implemented.