Half-day course offers insight into IP, packaging and labelling laws


The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) will offer a half-day training course on intellectual property, packaging and labelling (legal) on Wednesday, 14 May in Sydney.

The course will provide attendees an overview of important considerations relating to packaging, labelling and intellectual property laws. It will be an interactive session that will also provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss legal packaging and IP concerns that arise in their own businesses.

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is the well-known proverb. But when consumers cannot actually see the product, they often make purchasing decisions based on what is on the packet. In addition, the detailed and complex regulations of labelling in Australia need to be met. Some laws are mandatory and some are voluntary.

There are also voluntary codes and best practice guidelines in place. While it can all get a bit confusing, this session will ‘unravel’ and ‘unwrap’ it all to make it easier to understand. We will also consider how to best protect your business’s intellectual property including the way packaging looks, brand names, instructions and so on. The packaging of a product can also make the product ‘defective’ if warnings are not adequate - this of course will also be discussed.

The course will cover:

  • Food labelling
  • Cosmetic goods labelling
  • Clothes labelling
  • Care labelling
  • Country of Origin claims
  • Weights and measurements labelling
  • Name and address labelling
  • Warnings required on packaging

The course will also cover proposals for plain packaging laws for cigarettes and the potential implications for other items such as alcohol, junk food, etc and parallel imported items and how those might be labelled.

The course is suitable for anyone in the packaging industry, from manufacturers, brand managers and product developers to importers and retailers.

The course will be delivered by Sharon Givoni, an experienced intellectual property lawyer. Givoni will also deliver a presentation at the AIP Technical Dinner which will follow the half-day course.

Both the half-day training course and dinner will be held at the Oatlands Golf Course clubhouse. More information is available here.

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