POF Seminar: Swatting the squatter – What to do when somebody steals your trade mark

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The incidence of trade mark squatting is a serious problem, impacting even the biggest brands such as Apple, Penfolds and Tesla.

Trade mark squatting occurs when someone intentionally files a trade mark application for another party’s registered trade mark, in a country where the other party does not hold a trade mark registration. The squatter attempts to benefit from the situation by selling the registration to the foreign trade mark owner at an inflated price. The nightmare that follows for victimised brand owners can be costly and time consuming.

At this seminar, we will cover:

  • trade mark squatting and avenues available to trade mark owners to protect their mark
  • options available when a trade mark is registered as a domain name
  • considerations for first to file vs first to use jurisdictions, and
  • the prevalence of trade mark squatting in China.

About the presenter:

Russell Waters is a patent and trade marks attorney and a Partner of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick. He advises clients on proposed marks, obtaining registration, searching, oppositions and enforcement. Russell ranks among Australia’s top trade mark attorneys in the annual World Trademark Review 1000 and has won Australian trade mark categories for the ILO Client Choice Award 2013 and ACQ Finance Magazine Law Awards 2012.


Melbourne office
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 16, 333 Collins Street

Sydney office
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 19, 133 Castlereagh Street

Adelaide office
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 5, 75 Hindmarsh Square


By Tuesday 20 September to Luana Spadafora at marketing@pof.com.au

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

If any of your colleagues are interested in attending, please feel free to forward this invitation to them. This seminar is only open to POF clients and in-house practitioners.

Seminar attendees may be eligible to claim points towards their professional development/education. Please refer to your relevant guidelines for more information.