April 2014

April 29, 2014 8:11 PM | Posted by Megan Evatts | Permalink
The USPTO's recently issued guidance memorandum entitled Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products (Guidance) has provoked some strong reactions amongst the US intellectual property community, ranging from "concern" to "horror" at the potential reach of the Guidance. read more
April 17, 2014 4:00 PM | Posted by Nicole Reid and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
The Court of Justice of the European Union has recently held that providing a clickable link to a work on a website without the permission of the owner of the copyright in that work does not amount to infringement of copyright. read more
April 17, 2014 11:43 AM | Posted by Helen Paterson, Emily Hawcroft | Permalink

On 19 March 2014, the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Bill 2014 (Bill) was introduced into Parliament.  This Bill is the first tranche of reforms to be implemented in response to the ALRC's Report 'Classification – Content Regulation and Convergent Media (ALRC Report 118)'.

The Bill aims to reduce administrative red tape and regulatory burden, making it easier for industry to comply with classification laws.

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April 11, 2014 9:04 AM | Posted by Linh Nguyen | Permalink
The Australian Government has released a consultation paper seeking submissions on the development of an IP toolkit aimed at reducing the length and complexity of negotiations on IP between publicly funded research organisations and industry. read more
April 10, 2014 8:22 AM | Posted by Paul Kallenbach | Permalink

Our team reviews key trade mark law developments from last year, and provides its predictions for 2014.

You can find the report here.

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April 4, 2014 9:36 AM | Posted by Nicole Reid and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
The Federal Circuit Court recently found against a travel agent who had posted a stock image on her website without obtaining a licence. read more
April 3, 2014 5:37 PM | Posted by Charles Alexander | Permalink
On Monday, the Australian Law Reform Commission issued a Discussion Paper on measures which may be taken to counter serious invasions of privacy in the digital era. The Paper contains 50 proposals and a number of questions on which it seeks response. read more
April 2, 2014 12:51 PM | Posted by Stephen Worthley | Permalink
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week about the patentability of business methods and computer-implemented inventions, in Alice Corporation Pty Ltd v CLS Bank International. It is an appeal from a splintered decision of the Federal Circuit, in which 10 judges couldn't reach a majority decision. A decision from the Supreme Court is expected towards the middle of 2014. read more