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.


Clive Palmer aims for the (seven) stars with new trade marks

starsMining magnate and political party leader Clive Palmer has recently lodged two trade mark applications for ‘7 stars’, covering various travel accommodation classes.

This is the latest in a slew of recent trade mark applications by the billionaire, who registered for three media mastheads a fortnight ago.

The two new trade mark applications were lodged on July 10, one for the term ‘7-STAR’ and another for an image of seven stars (pictured).

Both applications cover the same two classes but slightly different goods and services. The ‘7-STAR’ application specifically covers (with unique classes to this application in bold):

Class: 35 Commercial information; online informaiton relating to accommodation

Class: 43 Hotel services; restaurant services; rating of temporary and hotel accommodation; restaurant, cafe and bar services; providing banquet and social function facilities for special occasions; catering for the provision of food and beverages; providing conference, exhibition and meeting facilities; rental of meeting rooms

And the application of the image of seven stars specifically covers (unique classes in bold):

Class 35: Commercial information; Online information relating to accommodation

Class 43: Hotel and resort services; restaurant, cafe and bar services; temporary accommodation; rating of temporary and hotel accommodation; online information relating to accommodation; providing conference, exhibition and meeting facilities; providing banquet and social function facilities for special occasions; catering for the provision of food and beverages

The trade marks could be linked to the trove of Palmer-owned  resorts across Australia.

His resorts include ‘Palmer Coolum Resort’ on the Sunshine Coast, ‘Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course’ at Port Douglas, ‘Palmer Colonial Golf Course’ at Robina and ‘Palmer Gold Coast Golf Course’ at Robina.

Although the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai is widely described as a “seven-star” property, Wikipedia claims that no formal awards body recognises any rating above the traditional five-star deluxe.

Nonetheless, a Queensland establishment claimed to be Australia’s “first seven-star hotel” in 2008. Palmer’s Coolum Resort is ranked as “a 5 star luxury resort”.

Both of the applications are at the early status of ‘Indexing Approved’.

Click to view a screenshot of Clive Palmer’s ‘7-STAR’ term and seven stars image trade mark application.