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 This application was withdrawn in 2012, shortly after the Bauer acquisition.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.


UPDATED: Woolworths seeks trade marks for tech-related ‘Be’ and ‘Hub’

Woolworths Aus Australia Logo

Australian supermarket Woolworths has lodged a trade mark for the logo of a new product, service or division called ‘Hub’.

The trade mark was registered on April 9 by the Sydney headquarters of Woolworths and a legal representative, Spruson & Ferguson.

It covers a range of technology-related goods and services across Class 9. Specifically:

Class 9: Scientific and photographic apparatus and instruments; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; calculating machines, data processing equipment and computers; computer peripheral devices, computer accessories and parts therefor including keyboards, port hubs, mouses and mouse pads, cables, headphones, speakers, computer cases; data storage devices including USB flash drives, CDs, DVDs; cameras including webcams; data processing equipment including readers and calculators; mobile phones; mobile phone accessories including holders, cases, covers and straps

Woolworths HubThe trade mark is at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning it has not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

The logo (pictured right) states that ‘Hub’ is “Exclusively at Woolworths”.

An online search appears to show that the logo has not appeared online before. Furthermore, an online search does not appear to bring up any relevant results for a Woolworths-related ‘Hub’.

Click here to view a screenshot of Woolworths’ ‘Hub’ trade mark.


Be Entertained

28 April 2014: The ‘Hub’ trade mark could be related to another Woolworths trade mark registered recently, for the logo (pictured above) of a new brand called ‘Be’.

The ‘Be’ logo has the tagline “be entertained”, and the application is looking to trade mark three colour-variations of the logo above.

The trade mark was filed on March 18 by Woolworths Limited and a legal representative, King & Wood Mallesons. It is at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’.

It covers similar technology goods and services as the ‘Hub’ trade mark, as well as additional classes covering ‘goods made from paper or cardboard’ and ‘office furniture’.

An online search for the ‘Be’ logo suggests it has not appeared online before. Further searching for the name linked with Woolworths appears to bring up zero relevant results.

Click here to view a screenshot of Woolworths’ trade mark application for ‘Be’.

‘Hulu’ was officially trade marked in Australia this week

Hulu1After initially registering for an Australian trade mark in July last year, Hulu was accepted and officially entered the trade mark register in Australia this week.

The trade mark protection could be a step closer to the leading US video-streaming service making an entry into the Australian market. The company already owns the domain, which currently redirects to, and states on its website that it is “committed to making its content available worldwide” but “must work through a number of legal and business issues” first.

The ‘HULU’ trade mark entered the Australian trade mark register on February 20, and covers everything from video-streaming to calendars.

A summary of the classes covered by the trade mark can be found on the original ™Watch article from July last year.

The application was lodged by the Santa Monica office of ‘Hulu, LLC’ and a Sydney-based legal representative, Davies Collison Cave.

Click to view a screenshot of Hulu’s Australian trade mark.

H/T @aafuss

Telstra eyes ‘Propellerheads’

Telstra logosComms giant Telstra has filed two trade marks in 2014 so far, one for the term ‘Propellerheads’ and another for the phrase ‘Straight In Your Eyes’.

Both trade marks were filed by Telstra Corporation Limited on January 20, suggesting they could be related.

The ‘Propellerheads’ trade mark covers various entertainment and internet classes across Class 41. In summary, they are:

Class 41: Amusement, education, entertainment, training, sporting and cultural services, including these services provided on-line from a computer database or the Internet; services which allows customers to download and listen to music or video on the Internet; gaming services; pay television, pay per view television, multimedia production and entertainment services; ticketing services; arranging and conducting of competitions; production of radio and television programs

The word ‘Propellerhead’ is jargon for someone who is exceptionally knowledgeable, especially in a technical field, and is also a synonym for computer geek.

A Google search for “Telstra Propellerheads” does not appear to bring up any relevant results.

The domain was registered in September 2013 by Andrew Radburnd, who works at Melbourne digital agency Get Started.

The ‘Straight In Your Eyes’ trade mark covers similar goods and services across Class 41, but is also covered by two additional classes. In summary, they are:

Class 9: Telecommunications and communications equipment, apparatus and systems; computer equipment, apparatus and systems; publications in electronic format

Class 38: Telecommunication and communication services; television broadcasting including pay, free to air and cable; Internet Service Provider services

Both trade marks remain at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning they have yet to be seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click to view a screenshot of Telstra’s trade marks for ‘Propellerheads‘ and ‘Straight In Your Eyes‘.


Samsung files trade marks for ‘SeePlay’ and ‘SightPlay’

samsungKorean electronics giant Samsung has lodged two Australian trade marks this week for the terms ‘SeePlay’ and ‘SightPlay’.

The trade marks, filed on December 5, cover devices including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and computers. They were lodged by the Korean headquarters of Samsung and an Australian legal representative, Callinans.

The exact classes covered by the trade marks are:

Class 9: Mobile telephones; digital cameras; portable media players; portable computers; wireless headsets for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; rechargeable batteries; battery chargers; leather cases for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; flip covers for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; television receivers; mobile phones; smart phones; tablet computers; audio component systems; digital set-top boxes; DVD players; light emitting diode displays; monitors; 3D eye glasses; computer software; computers; printers for computers; semiconductors; data processing apparatus for large format displays; large format display monitors; large format display panels; large format displays; computer software for large format displays  

A Google search for both ‘Samsung SeePlay‘ and ‘Samsung SightPlay‘ appears to bring up zero relevant results.

However, (which is offline) was registered by a fellow Korean company, domain registrar Netpia, earlier this year. is registered to a US company and is also not currently in use.

The terms could be related to a Google Glass-like device, which has been rumoured since the company was awarded a patent at the end of October.

Both trade marks remain at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning they have not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click to view a screenshot of Samsung’s trade mark applications for ‘SeePlay‘ and ‘SightPlay‘.


Harvey Norman lodges Rick Hart trade mark

photo-2Three months after admitting it had lost money on the “damaged” Rick Hart retail brand, Harvey Norman has filed a trade mark suggesting it is planning to use ‘Rick Hart @ Harvey Norman’ branding.

The trade mark, registered on November 20 by Harvey Norman Retailing, is for the term and image (below) of ‘Rick Hart @ Harvey Norman’.

Harvey Norman acquired the Rick Hart chain of appliance stores in 2010, which founder Gerry Harvey has since called a “mistake” and a company spokesperson has said is a “damaged brand”. Most Rick Hart stores have closed or been rebranded to Harvey Norman.

Businessman Rick Hart, who founded the Rick Hart retail chain in 1975, is now a partner in a new Western Australian appliance business, Kitchen HQ.

The ‘Rick Hart @ Harvey Norman’ trade mark covers over 100 different appliances, household products and gadgets under Class 35. In summary:

Class 35: Retailing, wholesaling, distribution and other services in this class (including online) furniture, electrical appliances, plumbing goods, building goods, hardware, homewares, home improvement goods, computers, gaming consoles, cooking, refrigerating and ventilating, telecommunications and communications goods, home theatre goods, audio goods, video goods, kitchen, bathroom and laundry equipment, ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, showers, baths, garden appliances, electronic all-in- one home control systems, netbooks.

It remains at the status of ‘Indexing Approving’, meaning it has not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click to view a screenshot of Harvey Norman’s ‘Rick Hart @ Harvey Norman’ trade mark application.

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‘.