Intellectual Property

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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Privacy of Personal and Credit Information: What Should You Do?

April 29, 2014

The New Rules The new regimes for privacy of personal information and credit information in the Privacy Act have been in force since...

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Patents for Genes in Australia and the USA

July 3, 2013

Judgments have recently been delivered in cases in Australia and the USA with different results in relation to the complex and sometimes emotive...

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Big Changes to Privacy Law and Credit Reporting: Are You Ready?

April 30, 2013

Australian Privacy Law Australian laws relating to the privacy of information exist in Commonwealth and State and Territory legislation.  The main Commonwealth Act...

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Mark reg’ streamlined, protection strengthened

April 12, 2013

Significant IP law amendments coming into operation The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 and its associated regulations come into...

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A New Age Dawns for Online Brand Protection: The Expansion of gTLDs

January 30, 2012

In a move which will dramatically change the face of the Internet, in June 2011, the board of The Internet Corporation for Assigned...

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