Australian mining magnate and media mogul Gina Rinehart’s company Hancock Prospecting has lodged two trade marks for the logo of ‘National Mining Day’.
Both trade mark applications were lodged yesterday, August 6, with one for the full logo (pictured) and another with the red and blue Australia symbol but without the text.
The National Mining Day concept was quietly announced two months ago as the invention of government media publisher Peter Charlton. Rinehart was named as patron for the new annual event, planned for every November 22.
“We will go out every November 22nd, to advise and inform, and ask the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Resource departments state and federal, to cooperate with the media to spread the essence of the [mining] industry and correct the ill informed,” Charlton said.
No website appears to exist for the event yet, and the only apparent use for the logo so far is via a one-page PDF file for the event.
The new trade marks cover a number of goods and services under Class 41, specifically:
Class 41: Arranging and conducting of conferences, congresses, lectures, seminars, symposiums, workshops (training), festivals; Education services; Event management services (organisation of educational, entertainment, sporting or cultural events); Publishing by electronic means; Publishing of documents, newsletters, posters, magazines, printed matter, newspapers; Training; Vocational education
Both trade marks were lodged by ‘Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd’ and a legal representative, Jackson McDonald. These appear to be the only trade marks lodged by Hancock Prospecting in 2013 so far.
The logo is described on the application as “MOUNTAIN IN SYMBOL”, “CORRECT IN MAP”, “AUSTRALIA”.
The applications are currently at the early status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning they have not been seen by an examiner yet.