According to intellectual property authority IP Australia, T&L Global Foods Supply PTY LTD on April 22 sought to register ‘Rice; Best Rice of the World’ trademarks for the two varieties. It is the sixth company internationally – the other five are in the U.S. – to seek to appropriate ST25. Both were developed in Vietnam by farmer-scientist Ho Quang Cua, with ST25 going on to win the first prize in the 2019 World’s Best Rice Contest held in the Philippines and ST24 the second prize in the 2017 contest in Macau. Ngan Tran, director of Maygust Trademark Attorneys in the Australian capital Canberra, said it takes three to four months to carry out checks for a patent registration. If an application meets all the requirements, the IP agency would issue a notice accepting the trademark and disclose the information enabling anyone with an objection to file within two months, she explained. If there is no objection, the patent would be granted, she said. Of the five … [Read more...] about Australian firm seeks patent for Vietnam rice variety
Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley on Monday said that there are no immediate plans for arranging charter flights to bring back Australian players once the Indian Premier League (IPL) concludes on May 30. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had last week announced a ban on passenger flights from India till May 15 and he also said that there would be no special privileges given to the Australian players in India. “There’s no suggestion at the moment of any charter flight. We’re working closely and talking closely with the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association), with the players and with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to make sure everyone’s okay and the people have got full information,” Hockley told SEN Radio, as reported by cricket.com.au. “We’ve been in touch with the players there and they are generally in good spirits. The work the BCCI has done around the (bio-secure) bubble means they are feeling safe and secure, and those we’ve talked to are … [Read more...] about Covid 19 Hits IPL 2021: No Chartered Flights For Australian Players, Says Nick Hockley
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has walked back a controversial move to ban travellers from India after critics accused him of being a "racist" and having "blood on his hands". Scott Morrison's government moved to ban travellers from India from entering Australia until May 15, threatening rule-breakers -- including Australian citizens -- with prison time. Amid a widespread backlash, Morrison on Tuesday said it was "highly unlikely" that Australians who skirted a ban would be jailed. "I think the likelihood of any of that occurring is pretty much zero," Morrison said in a breakfast-time media blitz on Tuesday. Around 9,000 Australians are believed to be in India, where hundreds of thousands of new coronavirus cases are being detected every day and the death toll is soaring. Among those trapped are some of Australia´s most high profile sporting stars -- cricketers playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League. Commentator and former Test cricket star Michael … [Read more...] about Australian PM takes back ‘racist’ India travel ban after outrage
Following several American enterprises, an Australian company has registered Vietnam’s ST24 and ST25 rice varieties for trademark protection in Australia, prompting the Southeast Asian country to proceed with measures to deal with such registration. The Australian enterprise, T&L Global Foods Supply Pty Ltd, submitted its application for registering these varieties as the “Rice; Best Rice of the World,” on April 22, Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Monday. It will take months for Australian authorities to examine this registration, the ministry said, adding that the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia has taken urgent measures to cope with the situation. Nguyen Phu Hoa, head of the office, has actively contacted the leader of the Australian company to discuss the matter. The leader of T&L Global Foods Supply Pty Ltd Company showed goodwill in dealing with the issue and will check with the company’s trademark division about such registration, the office … [Read more...] about Vietnam acts against Australian firm’s premium rice trademark registration
This is a wrap of several top stories from China for May 5, 2021. (CNN) For a country with a much smaller military and no nuclear weapons, Australia is suddenly hinting an awful lot about a war with China. On April 25, the symbolic date of Anzac Day, when Australia honors its war dead, newly appointed Defense Minister Peter Dutton said a conflict with China over Taiwan shouldn't "be discounted," adding that Australians needed to be "realistic" about tensions around the region. In another Anzac Day message, the top official at Australia's powerful Home Affairs department, Mike Pezzullo, told his staff "free nations" were hearing the "drums of war" beating again. A few days later, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $580 million in military upgrades. One week on, several newspapers published a confidential briefing by Australia's Maj. Gen. Adam Findlay to special forces soldiers, in which he said conflict with China was a "high likelihood." … [Read more...] about Why are Australian officials hinting at war with China?