In the recent case of Patron Spirits International AG v Fernbrew Pty Ltd  ATMO 87, two companies disagreed over whether their ‘pirate’ rum trade marks for alcoholic beverages were too similar and possibly misleading for consumers. What happened? In April 2016, Fernbrew Pty Ltd lodged a trade mark application for “The Pirate Bay Rum Company”. Patron Pty Ltd then contested the application, arguing that Pirate Bay Rum was deceptively similar to its own trademark “PYRAT” ru
In what is shaping up to be a test case for the business model of the gig economy, the Fair Work Ombudsman is taking food delivery service Foodora to the Federal Court over alleged sham contracting arrangements. What is the case about? The Ombudsman is arguing that despite individuals holding an ABN and signing ‘independent contractor’ agreements, the true nature of their relationship with Foodora is as employees. Whilst there is nothing unlawful about a business organising i
We are thrilled to announce that Laura Racky has joined Shebah as Chief Legal and Strategy Officer. Shebah is an all-female network of drivers and passengers and Laura is looking forward to working with such a meaningful and important company as it continues its story of growth and success.