Clive Palmer defending blows from all sides

CLIVE Palmer is facing a legal challenge from a pensioner, concerning the name of his answer to Jurassic Park.

Michael Joseph Farell, 58, is in the spotlight after registering several business names used by the Gold Coast mining magnate and applying to trademark the name “Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery”.

The Courier-Mail said it had documents from government regulator IP Australia that reveal that Queensland Nickel is fighting to block the trademark application lodged by Mr Farrell in December.


Mr Palmer personally applied to trademark the same name in June, but that application could now be struck out because it is too close to Mr Farrell’s.

IP Australia told the newspaper “Mr Palmer’s applications have had grounds raised for rejecting them, resulting in adverse examination reports being issued to the applicant.”

Mr Farrell told the Courier Mail “I dislike Clive Palmer profusely and I just wanted to undertake actions that will put him on the spot”.

Meantime Mr Palmer’s planned giant coalmine in central Queensland, has been hit with a $1 million bill to protect a bird his company says no one can find on the site.

The aim is to protect the endangered black-throated finch.

About 40,000ha of land also has to be set aside by the miners.