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.

UPDATE

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’.

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Woolworths planning new ‘Woolworths Local’ retail brand

woolworths localAustralian supermarket giant Woolworths has registered a domain and lodged a trade mark for the logo of ‘Woolworths Local’ (pictured).

The domain – at woolworthslocal.com.au – is currently offline, but is registered to ‘Woolworths Limited’. No date of registration is provided.

The Australian trade mark application was filed yesterday, 11 September, by Woolworths Limited and a legal representative, Spruson & Ferguson.

It is for a logo and the term ‘W LOCAL’, and covers two retail and packaging classes, specifically:

Class 16: Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes; printed matter including magazines and other publications including information bulletins; paper and plastic bags

Class 35: Retailing and wholesaling services, including such services provided by supermarkets, grocery, liquor, variety, convenience and discount stores; retailing and wholesaling of products including household products, electrical products, fresh food, tinned and frozen products, snack food, paper hand products, household cleaning products, clothing products, fuel and lubrication products, bakery products, grocery and supermarket products including online wholesaling and retailing of the aforesaid products; advertising, promotional and marketing services including such services provided by supermarkets, grocery, liquor, variety, convenience and discount stores; online retailing, wholesaling, advertising, promotional and marketing; consumer market information services including on-line information services such as product reviews and product information and bulletins

A Google Image reverse search for the ‘W LOCAL’ logo brings up zero results, suggesting this is the first time the logo has appeared online. A Google search for ‘Woolworths Local‘ does not appear to bring up any directly relevant results.

The trade mark could be related to a January press release about a new strategy to provide more local food sourcing. However, the trade mark does not cover any individual foods – just the retail of food items, as well as other non-food products.

Another possible use for ‘Woolworths Local’ is to rebrand the current Woolworths Petrol stores, or even open smaller High Street outlets similar to the 500+ Sainsbury’s Local stores in the UK.

Two weeks ago, Woolworths’ chief executive Grant O’Brien promised “growth” for the company, and a new retail brand or rebrand/expansion of its petrol stores would certainly tick that box.

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

Click to view a screenshot of Woolworths’ ‘W LOCAL’ trade mark application.

UPDATE

WLOCALWoolworths Limited lodged another trade mark a few hours after the original ‘W LOCAL’ application, this time for a horizontal version of the logo (pictured).

The trade mark application covers the exact same classes as discussed above.

Click to view a screenshot of the second Woolworth’s ‘W LOCAL’ trade mark application.