Bauer Media wants to trade mark the word ‘Glossy’

Bauer MediaPublishing giant Bauer Media Group has registered a new trade mark in Australia for the word ‘Glossy’.

The term ‘glossy magazine’ is a regularly used expression in the media industry, and is even listed in the Macmillan Dictionary, defined as:

A magazine printed on shiny paper, containing a lot of bright fashionable pictures but not much serious information

Bauer Media Group publishes glossy magazines such as ELLE and Cosmopolitan, and has filed trade marks for ‘Glossy’ a number of times over the years.

The original trade mark appears to have been lodged in 2007 by ACP Mastheads (screenshot), the publishing company that Bauer acquired in 2012. This trade mark was registered under Class 41, covering ‘Judging of cars’, and was never added to the trade mark register and has since lapsed.

A second trade mark by ACP Mastheads was registered in 2009 (screenshot) under Class 16, covering printing, and Class 41, covering publishing. This trade mark was also never added to the trade mark register and has lapsed.

The third trade mark was lodged by ACP Mastheads in 2010 (screenshot) under Class 16, covering ‘Staplers’. This application was withdrawn in 2012, shortly after the Bauer acquisition.

A fourth trade mark was filed by Bauer Media in July 2012 (screenshot), and registered under Class 16, covering ‘Staple Removers’. This trade mark is currently ‘Under Examination’, with a decision due soon.

The newest trade mark was filed last week, on May 1, by Bauer Media (screenshot) and is registered under Class 16, covering magazines and printing, and Class 41, covering publishing, competitions and online information.

Specifically, the new trade mark for the term ‘Glossy’ covers:

Class 16: Printed matter; printed awards; stationery; printed publications including magazines, journals, periodicals, newspapers and books; posters; calendars; photographs; instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); cards; paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials in this class

Class 41: Publishing; arranging, organising, hosting, presenting and conducting competitions; entertainment services; cultural services; production of television and radio shows; interactive games services; publication of information on global computer networks including the Internet

The trade mark is currently at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’.

This article will be updated with any more information about the ‘Glossy’ trade mark as it arises.

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UPDATED: Is The Saturday Paper just the beginning?

1622066_369210356551749_540645244_nNewly launched Australian newspaper The Saturday Paper has only published two issues so far, but a slew of recent trade marks and domains hint that it may go beyond a Saturday-only release.

The Saturday Paper is published by Schwartz Media, and its first issue was released across Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra on March 1.

Nine new trade marks were lodged on March 10 for the following terms: The Monday Paper, The Tuesday Paper, The Wednesday Paper, The Thursday Paper, The Friday Paper, The Saturday Paper, The Sunday Paper, The Weekend Paper and The Saturday Weekly.

All these trade mark applications were classed under “Publishing of newspapers” and were filed, not by Schwartz Media, but by ‘Media Might Pty Ltd’ and ‘Billion Group Pty Ltd’, which both have Sydney addresses.

Schwartz Media, however, is based in Melbourne, so the trade marks may not be associated with the publisher – therefore, the filing of “The Saturday Paper” would potentially warrant a trade mark opposition by Schwartz Media if it is not connected to Media Might and Billion Group.

Meanwhile, a number of currently unused domains have been registered using the aforementioned terms.

Six domains were registered by Morry Schwartz, the publisher of Schwartz Media, on February 6 this year: TheMondayPaper.com.au, TheTuesdayPaper.com.au, TheWednesdayPaper.com.au, TheThursdayPaper.com.au, TheFridayPaper.com.au and TheSundayPaper.com.au. These may just be for the protection of the brand, or to leave room for expansion should The Saturday Paper be a success.

Furthermore, the domain TheSaturdayWeekly.com.au was registered on June 20 last year by ‘The Monthly’, the name of another Schwartz Media publication.

And finally, the domain TheWeekendPaper.com.au was registered by ‘Media Might Pty Ltd’, although no date is given for when this domain was registered.

The contact associated with this final domain, and therefore presumably linked to ‘Media Might Pty Ltd’, is the email of Sydney businessman George Bancs.

According to an online profile, Bancs is director of a number of companies, including the other trade mark registrant ‘Billion Group’. His Twitter profile states that he is interested in “early stage startups”.

An online search appears to find no obvious current connection between Bancs and Schwartz Media, so it is unclear whether the trade marks and TheWeekendPaper.com.au domain are associated with the publisher of The Saturday Paper or not.

UPDATE

The Weekend Paper

22 April 2014: ‘Media Might Pty Ltd’ and ‘Billion Group Pty Ltd’ have lodged more trade marks in recent weeks, this time for the logo of each of the nine terms listed above.

All the logos are in the style of the one pictured above, and the trade marks were all lodged on April 13.

The trade marks all cover exactly one class, “Class 16: Newspapers”, and are at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning they have not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click here to view a screenshot of two of Media Might and Billion Group’s new trade marks for ‘The Monday Paper‘ and ‘The Weekend Paper‘.

Photo source: Facebook

Is THIS Mamamia’s “secret new website”?

mamamia logoAustralian women’s lifestyle website Mamamia hired well-regarded journalist Alyx Gorman this week to edit a “secret new website”, and evidence suggests it could be a beauty website called ‘The Glow’ or ‘Glow Australia’.

‘Mamamia.com.au PTY LTD’ registered the domain TheGlow.com.au in December 2013, and the site remains parked and has no content. An archive website suggests the domain was once used to sell accommodation.

There is a Twitter account, @TheGlowAU, which has zero tweets but follows accounts including model Miranda Kerr, presenter Karl Stefanovic and various Australian TV networks. The account was also registered in December last year, and the name given on the profile is ‘Glow Australia’.

The Pinterest page TheGlowAU also refers to ‘Glow Australia’ and the account follows users including Mamamia founder Mia Freedman, various fashion magazines and the Mamamia account itself.

The TheGlowAU Google+ page is followed by Mia Freedman and other Mamamia editorial staff, and contains a link to a currently empty YouTube channel.

And finally, the Instagram account TheGlowAU also refers to ‘Glow Australia’, states “website coming soon” and has uploaded two beauty-related photos.

So the evidence suggests a beauty website of some kind, but further details about ‘Glow Australia’ are scarce.

US website The Glow looks at “the world of inspiring and fashionable mums”, and has been featured in The New York Times, Grazia Paris and Huffington Post.

There are also popular beauty magazines called Glow in both the US and Canada.

Mamamia’s Mia Freedman is also publisher of iVillage Australia, an international edition of the US parenting website iVillage, so ‘Glow Australia’ could be an international edition of one of the aforementioned brands. It could also be a whole new brand.

As an aside, it appears that the domain TheGlow.com.au was hacked by a Turkish hacker in September 2010, according to a screenshot on this website.

This post will be updated as soon as further details come to light.

Southern Cross Austereo files for ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ and ‘Pop Quiz’

about-usSouthern Cross Austereo has lodged a trade mark application for the term ‘Breakfast With The Stars’.

The term is the name of the radio network’s 2Day FM breakfast show hosted by Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O, which is to finish at the end of this week.

There’s already been some tension with trade mark rights between Southern Cross Austereo and the controversial radio pair. According to the Daily Telegraph, SCA is preparing to hand over the trade mark rights to the ‘Kyle and Jackie O’ moniker to the DJs, but last week’s new trade mark suggests the radio network wants to keep the rights to the ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ name.

The new trade mark was lodged on November 20, and covers advertising, broadcast, entertainment and online classes. In summary:

Class 35: Advertising and promotional services; promotions for radio and television stations; organisation of trade competitions

Class 38: Broadcasting services including radio, television and online broadcasting services

Class 41: Entertainment services; live entertainment; organisation of entertainment events; radio entertainment; television entertainment; syndication of radio programmes; conducting phone-in competitions; publication of multimedia material online

Class 45: Online social networking services

The application remains at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning it has yet to be seen by an IP examiner.

This is the first time the radio network has filed a trade mark for ‘Breakfast With The Stars’.

Meanwhile, Southern Cross Austereo lodged a second trade mark application on November 20, for the term ‘Pop Quiz’.

It covers the same trade mark classes as the ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ application, and also remains at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’.

Click to view a screenshot of SCA’s trade mark applications for ‘Breakfast With The Stars‘ and ‘Pop Quiz‘.

Nine Network hints at return of Celebrity Roast

PrintAustralian TV company Nine Network has filed another trade mark this week for the term ‘Celebrity Roast’, suggesting the comedy programme could make a return to Australian TV.

The Celebrity Roast format is well known in the US on the TV channel Comedy Central, where celebrities like Charlie Sheen and James Franco have been featured in recent years.

It has been hinted on the MediaSpy message board that Nine could bring back ‘Celebrity Roast’ to Australia, and a new trade mark suggests it is in the planning stages.

Nine Network first lodged for a trade mark for the term ‘Celebrity Roast’ in May 2012, though unusually it was filed under the class ‘Fire engines’.

An updated trade mark for the term was lodged this week, on November 4, and covers a vast array of media, entertainment, event and internet classes.

In summary, those classes are:

Class 9: Apparatus for the amplification, recording, reproduction or transmission of sound or images; mobile telephone equipment and accessories; compact discs; computer games; downloadable computer software; robots for entertainment use

Class 38: Broadcasting services of all kinds including television, pay television, Internet, digital, cable and mobile broadcasting; broadcasts by means of television, radio, satellite, cable and electronic diffusion; music, video, audio, television and data streaming services

Class 41: Production of television programs and television content, including interactive television programs and television content; production of television and radio shows, video and audio tapes and DVDs; entertainment; cultural activities; amusements; publishing; electronic publishing; publication and electronic publication of information on global computer networks including the Internet

The ‘Celebrity Roast’ trade mark was registered by Nine Network Australia Pty Limited.

It is at the status of ‘Under Examination’, meaning it has been sent to an IP examiner.

Click to view a screenshot of Nine Network’s ‘Celebrity Roast’ trade mark applications from May 2012 (‘Fire engines’) and November 2013.

Sydneysider looks to trade mark Grumpy Cat in Australia

grumpyA Sydney man has lodged two trade marks in the last week for terms linked to the popular internet meme, Grumpy Cat.

The Grumpy Cat image (pictured) originated on Reddit, and has since featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and a motion picture based on the feline is in the works.

The first trade mark application, lodged on 6 August, is for the term ‘Grumpy Cat Gear’, covering calendars and printed photographs.

The second, lodged on August 9, is for the term ‘Grumpy Cat Australia’, and covers clothing, footwear and headgear for men, women and children.

Both trade mark applications were lodged by Lewis Thomas Owens, who gives a different address on each application – one in Broadway, Sydney, and another in nearby suburb Leichhardt.

Owens appears to have lodged one other trade mark in the past. In June 2000, he lodged an Australian trade mark for the term ‘TOMCOM’, was was approved but never finalised and lapsed two years later.

A Google search for Owens’ name appears to bring up zero relevant results.

No other trade mark has been lodged for ‘Grumpy Cat’ in Australia, but a trade mark in the US for Grumpy Cat’s image was filed in January by ‘Grumpy Cat Inc. Corp. Ohio’.

Both new trade marks are at an early status, and have yet to be seen by an examiner.

Click to see a screenshot of Owens’ trade marks for ‘Grumpy Cat Australia‘ and ‘Grumpy Cat Gear‘.

Gina Rinehart’s company lodges for National Mining Day

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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.

Click to see a screenshot of Hancock Prospecting’s trade mark application for the National Mining Day logo with text and the logo without text.