Intellectual Property

Fee Increases for Trade Marks

September 21, 2020

IP Australia has undertaken a review of its fees and has advised of several fee increases in relation to trade marks which will...

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COVID-19: IT Security and Working From Home

April 24, 2020

Health and economic concerns have been priority issues during the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as we settle in to a...

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Who Owns Intellectual Property? Employer or Employee

April 10, 2020

Disputes between employers and employees as to who owns the intellectual property (“IP”) developed by an employee have been frequent causes for litigation...

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“Confidential” Means Confidential

April 10, 2020

Crown Resorts V Zantran Clauses requiring parties to keep information confidential are frequently found in contracts. These may typically be contracts of employment,...

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EU’s Request for Geographical Indications Protection may Affect your Products or Trade Marks

October 25, 2019

If your business produces or deals in food or beverages, then the European Union’s (EU) requests regarding Geographical Indications (GIs) as part of...

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Top Tips for Creating your Trade Mark

September 26, 2019

A trade mark can be a valuable asset for any business. Google’s trade mark, for example, is worth an estimated $167.7 billion, while...

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Direct Marketing and Data Sharing: Shahin v BP Australia

September 26, 2019

Direct marketing is a prevalent and ever-increasing aspect of life in this digital age. Direct marketing does not, of course, have to be...

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Using the PPSR to Protect your Deposit

September 26, 2019

How PPSR usually works The most common use of the Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (“PPSA”) is for entities to register a ‘security...

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Registration of Everything (Commonwealth) Bill

June 21, 2019

Business names and trading names on the ABR Two events have or will affect the registration requirements for business names and a host...

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Parallel Universes Converge: Trade Mark Act Amendments

November 7, 2018

An act with the lengthy title Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 [Amending Act] was...

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Branding for WET

November 7, 2018

The need for trade marks When the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Act[1] was amended with effect from 1 July 2018 to introduce additional...

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EU Data Bomb: Australian Collateral Damage

July 4, 2018

On 25 May 2018 the European Union [EU or Union] General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] came into effect. The GDPR is a law...

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Do You Own Your Trade Mark?

July 4, 2018

A trade mark may be one of the most valuable assets of a business. It may be a name, a word or words,...

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Mandatory Data Breach Notification

March 26, 2018

On Thursday 22 February 2018 the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme (NDB Scheme) commenced. Businesses subject to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act)...

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New Data Breach Laws – Call for a Free ‘No Obligation’ Discussion

February 27, 2018

As of 22 February 2018 businesses that are subject to the Privacy Act 1988 must now notify the Privacy Commissioner if an eligible data...

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Copyright Infringement

October 31, 2017

The imitation game: the perils of copying a developer’s code How much pre-existing source code can a software or firmware developer use before...

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Long Live the Queen (Adelaide Trade Mark)

June 22, 2017

If you have trade marks you probably know about the “use it or lose it” provisions. In order to maintain your trade mark...

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Mandatory Data Breach Notification

June 16, 2017

The full force of the new notifiable data breaches regime is on its way with the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016...

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The Case For IP Changes – Productivity Commission Intellectual Property Report

January 20, 2017

The Productivity Commission Enquiry Report on Intellectual Property Arrangements was presented to Parliament on 20 December 2015 following a long period of consultation...

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Trade Mark Lessons From 2016 – Take-aways for 2017

January 13, 2017

As with any year, 2016 gave us a fair amount of activity in the intellectual property space.  The end of 2016 saw the...

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Wild Geese Wines: The Bird Has Flown

December 16, 2016

Removal of Trade Marks for Non-Use A recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia is the latest round...

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Tax Implications of Structuring for Holding Your Intellectual Property

December 16, 2016

When starting your business or embarking on your innovative journey your intellectual property may not be particularly valuable.  However, it has the propensity,...

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Trade Mark Alert

August 23, 2016

IP Australia’s New Fee Structure IP Australia is making changes to how it charges for application and registration of trade marks providing an...

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The Implications of ‘Brexit’ – What Impact Does it Have on Protection of Intellectual Property Rights?

June 28, 2016

The exit of England and Wales, or the United Kingdom (UK), from the European Union (EU) has sent shock waves around the world. ...

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Well Recognised! Seven of Australia’s Best Lawyers

March 2, 2016

Another ‘win’ for our clients When this year’s prestigious Best Lawyers in Australia list was released on Friday 26 February, it once again...

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Copyright in Cyberspace: Read the Fine Print

February 15, 2016

With social media’s ever expanding presence, and the multitude of content publishing sites popping up, it can be quite daunting to think about...

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Great Software, Great Idea – But is it Patentable?

February 15, 2016

With the ever-increasing capacity of computers, and the opportunities for communication and information afforded by the Internet, many things are now possible which...

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High Court Rules On Gene Patents

October 9, 2015

D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc The High Court of Australia on 7 October 2015 delivered a judgment that many have been awaiting with great...

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Setting up an Online Business

May 31, 2015

Steps and tips When creating a new business, many entrepreneurs are initially attracted to the online business model as an easy way to...

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RIP OAIC: New Office for the Privacy Commissioner

June 30, 2014

As a result of the cost-cutting measures in the Australian Government’s Budget, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner [OAIC] will be disbanded by 1...

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