Blake Knowles

Blake Knowles

Principal
Trade Marks
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Overview

Blake represents leading local and international brand owners in the food, freight, fashion and automotive industries. Blake also regularly acts for emerging businesses, particularly those based in Queensland.

Blake is a specialist in trade mark due diligence, registration, oppositions and dispute resolution in both Australia and overseas.

Blake has spent his entire career in the field of trade marks. Prior to joining Cullens (now Spruson & Ferguson) in 2010, Blake held a number of positions at the Australian Trade Marks Office. Blake was a Principal Examiner of Trade Marks, and also Assistant Director of the Trade Marks Hearings and Oppositions section. In his role at IP Australia, Blake was responsible for developing practice and procedure, including authoring parts of the Trade Marks Office Examination Manual. Blake has also represented the Australian Government at international conferences in the field of intellectual property.

As former Principal Examiner, Blake is an expert in Australian Trade Marks Office practice. Blake also has significant experience with geographical indications and was involved in work surrounding the amendments to the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act and Regulations.


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A rush to register COVID-19 related trade marks
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to numerous companies seeking to register COVID-19 related trade marks in relation to a wide range of goods and services in many countries throughout the world. In...
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to numerous companies seeking to register COVID-19 related trade marks in relation to a wide...
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Why pay for a trade mark when I can get copyright for free?
A question sometimes asked by companies seeking trade mark protection is whether they can avoid the cost by simply relying on copyright to protect their valuable brand names and...
A question sometimes asked by companies seeking trade mark protection is whether they can avoid the cost by simply...
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Australia: Is an International Trade Mark Application right for you?
When protecting a trade mark in foreign countries, there are two options for Australian businesses to consider: You can file an application in each country of interest, via local attorneys (the ‘direct method’);...
When protecting a trade mark in foreign countries, there are two options for Australian businesses to consider: You can file an application...
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