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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.

12 December 2019 - Knowledge

Updated ASX Listing Rules now in effect

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Following an extensive public consultation process, the ASX Listing Rules have been amended with effect from 1 December 2019. The changes to the rules affect listed entities as well as those seeking to list on ASX, with some changes giving ASX enhanced power to monitor and enforce the Listing Rules.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

Expert guide: Be ready for 2020

#Agribusiness, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #Immigration Law, #Native Title, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property & Real Estate, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Workplace Relations & Safety, #Procurement

New whistleblower requirements, increased pressure to protect data globally, turbulence in the communications sector, and intensifying drought management issues - 2020 is set to be a significant time of change across many industries.