Applying for a Trademark:
* The Registrar of Trade Marks has to accept the application for a trademark unless he has sufficient ground for rejection known as Presumption of Registrability. The bill clarifies when the ‘Presumption of Registrability’
Determination of Trademark Matters:
* To provide the trade mark owner cheaper and faster option, the jurisdiction of trademark related matters has been conferred on the Federal Magistrates Court.
Opposing a Trademark:
* The Trade Marks office will serve the Notice of Opposition on the applicant for the trademark instead of the opponent.
* The opponent is required to file a statement and the particulars of the grounds of opposition within a month post filing of the Notice of Opposition, making the applicant aware of the grounds of opposition beforehand and the basis for relying on those grounds.
* The applicant is required to file a notice of intention to defend the position or else the application will lapse. In case of an uncontested opposition, the opposition would save time and money.
Enforcement of Trademark Law in Australia:
* Amendments to the seizure of counterfeit goods provides for the Australian Customs to send multiple samples of the seized goods to the trade mark owner to verify whether the goods are counterfeit goods or not.
* Australian Customs can provide assistance to the trade mark owner with the information about the designated owner, importer, and exporter of the goods in question, helping the trade mark owner to enforce his rights.
* In situations where the designated owners make themselves unavailable to avoid proceedings, they cannot reclaim the seized goods.
* Customs will collect more information to help trade mark owners to start the infringement proceedings.
* The court might award additional damages in trade mark infringement cases.
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