Over on our sister blog, IP Whiteboard, David Ireland has provided an update on the Grocery Code of Conduct, which we have previously posted about here.
David writes that ALDI has thus far refused to sign up to the Code, noting that Woolworths indicated in Fairfax media that ALDI’s reluctance may be due to the section on “Retailer Own Brand Products” (section 9). This section concerns retailers’ treatment of suppliers’ intellectual property rights. ALDI has a reputation for packaging its own brand products in a way strikingly similar to more established like products, something IP Whiteboard has discussed (and tested) earlier this year (see here and here).
Read more on IPW here.