Da ALDI Code

Published On 04/01/2014 | By Peta Stevenson | Consumer protection, Reform

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.

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About The Author

is a partner in the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons where she specialises in competition litigation with experience in a wide range of jurisdictions. Peta also advises clients on the application of the anti-competitive conduct, consumer protection and access provisions of the Competition & Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and related state legislation. In 2001/02 she undertook her LLM at the University of Cambridge, during which time she developed a passionate if fleeting interest in rowing.

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