Cold Chisel lead singer Jimmy Barnes has lodged a trade mark application for the term ‘Cheap Wine’, covering alcoholic and non-alcohlic beverages.
‘Cheap Wine’ is the name of a well-known Cold Chisel track, released in 1980, but the trade mark does not cover any music-related classes.
In fact, the application – TM number 1566000 – covers only two classes:
Class 32: Alcohol free beverages
Class 33: Alcoholic beverages (except beer)
The trade mark application was lodged on July 2 by Freight Train Music Pty Ltd, the same company that runs JimmyBarnes.com and the employer of Barnes’ personal assistant (according to her LinkedIn profile).
It is worth noting, however, that it may not be able to achieve registration because the trade mark is very non-distinctive, according to section 41 of the Trade Marks Act.
The application is at the early status of ‘Indexing Approved’.
Click to view a screenshot of Freight Train Music’s ‘Cheap Wine’ trade mark application.