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How is the relevant class identified?

Mere confusion is not enough

Evidence of actual deception is persuasive but not essential

Court must decide if a reasonably significant number of consumers in the class would be likely to be misled or deceived

(iv)Intention to deceive is not required

(c)An additional provision: Section 53 TPA

(d)Remedies

RR 2005 at 925-926

Trade Practices Act 1974, ss 80, 82, 87, 87CB-87CI (proportionate liability)

8.  TRADE MARKS

Required reading from Prescribed Materials

MSG 2004: Ch 19, 20

RR 2005: Ch 17, 18, 19

(1)Origins of trade mark system

RR 2005 at 932-937

(2)Registration procedure

RR 2005 at 948-951

Brief overview of the registration process:

application

acceptance or rejection

opposition

registration

(3)What is a trade mark?

(i)Definition of trade mark

Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (“TMA”):

s17 – ‘trade mark’

s6 – ‘sign’

(ii)Case law on what constitutes a trade mark

Smith Kline French (Australia) Limited v Registrar of Trade Marks (1967) 116 CLR 628

Re Coca Cola Trade Marks [1986] RPC 421

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