A new wine export label directory to help Australian wine producers protect their intellectual property rights is expected to commence in April 2021.

The Wine Australia Amendment (Label Directory) Bill 2019 finally passed both houses of Parliament on 9 December 2020 enabling Wine Australia to establish the wine export label directory helping brand owners protect their export wine labels against copycat labelling.

While regulations implementing the detail of the directory are currently being finalized, Wine Australia says

The directory will require all Australian wine exporters to submit images of their labels to Wine Australia prior to gaining export approval. Brand owners will then be able to search the directory to identify breaches of their intellectual property rights, and the public will be able to verify whether the Australian wines they consume originated in Australia.

Wine Australia

The establishment of the new wine export label directory follows a number of significant instances of counterfeiting of Australian wine brands in export markets, particularly in Asia, starting with the seizure in November 2017 of 14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds wine being sold by counterfeiters in China. 

We will provide an update when further information about the new wine export label directory becomes available.

Griffith Hack is thrilled to congratulate Brisbane principal and lawyer Kellie Stonier for being recognised as a leading lawyer for the fourth consecutive year in Doyle’s Guide’s Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers for Queensland 2020. 

Kellie has been a senior lawyer at Griffith Hack for more than eight years and has a strong reputation for maintaining, protecting and enforcing clients’ IP rights in Australia and internationally.

She has particular expertise in IP portfolio management and contentious trade mark, copyright and competition and consumer law.

Kellie speaks often on behalf of the Griffith Hack firm, Legal Wise Seminars and hosts a quarterly seminar series sharing her expertise within the CPD law community. 

This recognition adds to an ever-growing tally of accolades and awards, continuing to establish Kellie as an authority within Intellectual Property Law community.

Griffith Hack is delighted to be recognised by Doyle’s Guide 2020 in both firm and individual categories.

Individual recognition 

Following on from the announcement of Kellie Stonier’s inclusion in the Doyles 2020 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers guide for Queensland, Griffith Hack congratulates Principals Derek Baigent and Andrew Goatcher for their recognition in New South Wales’ and Victoria’s editions respectively.

Derek received a recommendation for his contentious work following another successful year leading Griffith Hack’s law team including wins in Australia’s Federal court. Andrew has been recommended for both contentious and non-contentious work; continuing to utilise his impressive understanding of Intellectual Property Law to the great benefit of his clients.

Kellie, Derek and Andrew were also listed for their Intellectual Property Law expertise in the latest edition of Best Lawyers’. Special coverage with respect to these standings can be found in The Australian Financial Review

Firm recognition 

Further to the individual accolades mentioned above, Griffith Hack is ranked by Doyle’s as a leading contentious and non-contentious Intellectual Property Law firm in both New South Wales and Queensland and a recommendation for our non-contentious work in Victoria.

Practice group director Bronwyn Pott commented, ‘‘These announcements are an exceptional result for not only Kellie, Derek and Andrew but the whole Griffith Hack law team as we continue to see them being recognised in industry rankings and awards. We truly value the work our clients entrust to us and look forward to increasing the size and scope of our offering with the integration of the Watermark team into Griffith Hack in the coming months.’’