February 2017


February 28, 2017 1:20 PM | Posted by Helen Lauder and John Fairbairn | Permalink
Privacy2016 set the stage for changes to Australian privacy laws with two key amendment bills introduced. Further, major legislative (and other) changes were recommended by the Productivity Commission in its draft report into data availability and use. Overseas, the EU General Data Protection Regulation was published. There were also a number of OAIC determinations. Finally, the Federal Court interpreted the meaning of 'personal information' (although this occurred in early this year, not 2016).

We look at these legislative changes and other developments in Looking back at 2016 - Privacy Recap
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February 10, 2017 11:19 AM | Posted by Nicole Reid | Permalink
According to the Australian Trade Mark Search system, as at 9 February 2017, there were 953 shape marks registered as trade marks, and a further 195 pending shape marks. Some of these marks are shapes used in combination with one or more other kinds of marks (commonly a device, or both word and device), but many are shape marks only. read more
February 9, 2017 12:46 PM | Posted by Dutkowski, Rebecca | Permalink
In our previous blog post, we had reported that in a battle for the name KYLIE, Kylie Minogue had opposed a US trade mark application for "KYLIE" by Kylie Jenner, of "Keeping up the with the Kardashians" fame/infamy. Further developments in this battle, in both Australia and the US have now occurred. read more