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TRADE MARKS ACT 1995 No. 119 of 1995 - SECT 124
Prior use of identical trade mark etc.
124. (1) A person does not infringe a registered trade mark by using an
unregistered trade mark that is substantially identical with, or deceptively
similar to, the registered trade mark in relation to:
(a) goods similar to goods (registered goods) in respect of which the
trade mark is registered; or
(b) services closely related to registered goods; or
(c) services similar to services (registered services) in respect of which
the trade mark is registered; or
(d) goods closely related to registered services; if the person, or the
person and the person's predecessor in title, have continuously used
in the course of trade the unregistered trade mark in relation to
those goods or services from a time before:
(e) the date of registration of the registered trade mark; or
(f) the registered owner of the registered trade mark, or a predecessor in
title, or a person who was a registered user of the trade mark under
the repealed Act, first used the trade mark; whichever is earlier.
Note 1: For deceptively similar see section 10. Note 2: For
predecessor in title and date of registration see section 6.
(2) If the unregistered trade mark has continuously been used only in a
particular area of Australia, subsection (1) applies only to the use of the
trade mark by the person in that area.
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