Yahoo! may be heading ‘On The Road’ Down Under

yahooroad_0Digital giant Yahoo! has given a strong hint that its popular Yahoo! On The Road music events, which have so far been organised around the US and Europe, may be heading to Australia.

On 26 July, the company lodged an Australian trade mark for the term ‘Yahoo! On The Road’, covering various live music event classes.

The events have flirted with Australian music in the past, with a recent May event in Dallas, Texas, featuring prominent Aussie music acts Empire Of The Sun and Gold Fields.

The Yahoo! On The Road events have attracted some notable acts, including fun., Kendrick Lamaar, John Legend and Fallout Boy.

The current schedule includes various US and European cities, but no Australian dates have been announced yet.

The classes covered by Yahoo!’s Australian trade mark reveal no surprises, specifically:

Class 35: Promoting the concerts of others

Class 41: Arranging and conducting of concerts; concert booking; entertainment, namely live music concerts

The trade mark was lodged by Yahoo! Inc and an Australian legal representative, Davies Collison Cave. It is at the status of ‘Taken For Examination’, meaning it is due to be seen by an examiner. 

Click to view a screenshot of Yahoo!’s ‘On The Road’ trade mark application.

Jimmy Barnes lodges for (real, alcoholic) Cheap Wine


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 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.

The Boss registers for Aussie trade mark for the first time

SpringOdeonRock icon Bruce Springsteen has lodged two Australian trade marks for his name and the name of his E Street Band, in what appears to be the first time he’s done this in Australia.

A Los Angeles legal representative for Springsteen lodged two trade marks – TM number 1565738 for the term ‘Bruce Springsteen’ and 1565737 for the term ‘E Street Band’ – on June 28.

A historic search suggests this is the first time Springsteen has attempted to trade mark his name in Australia.

Four trade marks for the name ‘Bruce Springsteen’ were lodged in 1985 by Australian Tour Merchandising, but none were accepted.

Also, four New South Wales residents attempted to register the (genius) term ‘Spruce Springclean’ in 2003, but despite being accepted it never entered the trade mark register and lapsed in 2004.

Both new Springsteen trade mark applications cover the same four classes. They both cover a vast array of products and services, meaning Springsteen will have trade mark rights within Australia for his and his band’s name being being used on clothing, posters, magazines, books, MP3 players, videogames, online journalists (blogs), “musical-based entertainment, news, appearances, photographs, biographies and other entertainment information” and even “sound and audiovisual recordings featuring entertainment and music”.

A selection of the more-than-1oo goods and services the two trade marks could cover (if accepted):

Class 9: Musical sound recordings; musical video recordings; magnets; downloadable musical sound recordings; audiovisual recordings featuring music and musical entertainment; downloadable ringtones and graphics for mobile phones and wireless devices; downloadable audiovisual recordings featuring music and musical entertainment; downloadable electronic sheet music and posters; sound and audiovisual recordings featuring entertainment and music; downloadable sound and audiovisual recordings featuring entertainment and music; electronic equipment namely headphones and speakers; sound and video recordings; computer application software for mobile phones; vinyl covers specially adapted for cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, and gaming devices; downloadable electronic publications in the nature of books, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, booklets and brochures in the field of music and entertainment; motion picture films featuring music and entertainment; digital video discs; video games; electronic game programs

Class 16: Calendars; souvenir programs concerning rock concerts; lithographic prints; photographs; posters; greeting cards; event programs, commemorative books concerning musical tours, postcards, pictures, diaries, greeting cards, address books, printed tickets, bumper stickers, photograph albums, picture cards, trading cards, note pads, note books, printed stickers and decalcomania; printed materials including sheet music, song books, souvenir programs concerning a musician and their recordings or performances; printed publications; booklets; books; catalogues; folders; magazines; periodicals; stationery; school supplies; paper party supplies; paper doll books; pens and writing instruments; printed music; music scores; music books; instruction guides and manuals; music in sheet form; souvenir programs concerning musical events; magazines and brochures in the area of music 

Class 25: Clothing, including shirts, jackets, t-shirts; sweatshirts; hooded sweatshirts; headwear; bandanas; footwear, headgear; wristbands 

Class 41: Entertainment services in the nature of live musical performances; providing online newsletters in the field of music; website services, namely providing on-line games, including on-line computer games, providing on-line gaming and games services, providing on-line electronic publications; providing media and entertainment via various platforms across multiple forms of transmission media; production of motion pictures, documentaries, television programs; television programs; motion pictures; documentaries; providing a website featuring musical performances and information about recordings, performance, music, tours, and other entertainment content; providing non-downloadable audiovisual recordings; providing non-downloadable sound recordings; animation services; providing entertainment information on an entertainer and musician, his performances, discography, and also providing photographs and video clips all via a website, online profile pages, a global computer network, and/or wireless networks; entertainment and education services; providing a website featuring entertainment information on an entertainer and musician, and his tours, performances, non-downloadable audio and audiovisual recordings featuring music, musical-based entertainment, news, appearances, photographs, biographies and other entertainment information, providing podcasts in the field of music and entertainment; online journals

The company who registered the two trade marks is ‘Thrill Hill Trademark Holdings LLC’. This appears to be either a Springsteen-owned company or is heavily associated with the artist, because ‘Thrill Hill’ is the name of Springsteen’s touring and production company and also the name of his US-based recording studio.

The trade mark applications were lodged by an Australian legal representative, Allens Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys.

The trade marks are currently at the early status of Filed – Approved.

Click to view a screenshot of the new trade mark applications for the term ‘Bruce Springsteen‘ and for the term ‘E Street Band‘.

You can also view a screenshot of the rejected 1985 trade mark application for ‘Bruce Springsteen‘ and the lapsed 2003 trade mark application for ‘Spruce Springclean‘.

Jared Leto plunges down the rabbit hole with new Aussie trade mark

wonderlandActor and musician Jared Leto lodged an Australian trade mark application yesterday for his VIP ticket booking start-up, Adventures In Wonderland.

The service “provides fully-customizable fan packages” for music gigs and events, according to the website, and was formerly known as “The Only And Only Golden Ticket”. It was founded and is owned by Leto, who is lead singer of the band Thirty Seconds To Mars and starred in movies including Requiem For A Dream and Fight Club.

The trade mark application – TM number 1563607 – was lodged on June 19 by Jared Leto and an Australian legal representative, Davies Collison Cave.

It is specifically for the term ‘ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND’, and covers four classes of various ticket sales, entertainment and souvenir goods and services, namely:

Class: 16 Posters, stickers, decals, photographs, tour guides, books, photo books, art books, art prints, art pictures, note cards, greeting cards, postcards, calendars, stationery, paper and printed goods

Class: 25 Clothing, tops, bottoms, shirts, pants, headwear, footwear, sweatshirts, underwear, coats, jackets, vests, belts

Class: 35 Promoting and managing ticket sales and VIP privileges for the entertainment events of others; promoting and managing ticket sales and VIP privileges for concerts, festivals and other entertainment events; advertising and marketing services; promoting the goods and services of others; creating and promoting promotional packages of fan merchandise for bands, festivals and others in the field of entertainment; business services

Class: 41 Entertainment services, namely, arranging ticket reservations, VIP and fan experiences in the field of entertainment; entertainment services in the nature of personalized VIP and fan experiences at concerts, festivals and other entertainment events; entertainment ticket agency services; arranging personal appearances by persons working in the field of music, film, television, entertainment or sport; providing a website that allows users to download music, music videos and musical performances; entertainment services, namely, providing non-downloadable music and music videos, information in the field of music, and commentary and articles about music, all on-line via a global computer network; photography services; music publishing services; providing an Internet website portal in the field of music; entertainment services; online services

Adventures In Wonderland is based in Los Angeles, but already sells packages for shows in Australia (example).

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

Click to view a screenshot of Jared Leto’s Adventures In Wonderland trade mark application.