April 2016


April 29, 2016 3:53 PM | Posted by Jonathan Kelp and Rebecca Pereira | Permalink
Following on from our earlier blog post here, this post considers the key copyright and trade marks aspects of the Productivity Commission's draft report into Australia's intellectual property regime, released today. read more
April 29, 2016 3:38 PM | Posted by Jonathan Kelp and Rebecca Pereira | Permalink

Today, the Productivity Commission released its draft report into Australia's intellectual property regime. The report is wide-ranging, covering patents, copyright, trade marks, designs, international trade obligations and other issues. Submissions in response to the draft recommendations have been sought by Friday 3 June 2016.

In general, the Commission has taken a consumer-favourable approach as to the reforms that it considers are required to the Australian intellectual property regime – flagging, in particular, the growing disparity between Australian intellectual property imports over its exports. If, however, Australia's economy is to ultimately transition to being an intellectual property producer (and therefore net exporter) – an underlying theme of the current Federal Government's innovation agenda – then adopting a strong pro-consumer (ie net importer) stance may not lead to favourable long term growth outcomes should Australia succeed in effecting this transition.

This post outlines our initial thoughts on the key issues addressed in the report in relation to patents and pharmaceuticals. In follow-up posts, we will consider copyright, trade marks and other aspects of the Report.

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April 26, 2016 9:00 AM | Posted by James Patto | Permalink
When Neo consulted the 'oracle' in the Matrix movies, he was left confused and uncertain as to whether the Morpheus-led campaign to name him the 'chosen one' was true.  One of the oracle's more famous quotes was that 'we are all here to do what we are all here to do' ... a sentiment that Oracle Corporation of Redwood City, California, may well agree with ... read more
April 21, 2016 9:06 AM | Posted by James Patto | Permalink
The hack of toy manufacturer VTech's computer systems, which was disclosed by the company late last year, has highlighted various privacy concerns with, and vulnerabilities of, the Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon. read more
April 8, 2016 11:49 AM | Posted by James Patto & Paul Kallenbach | Permalink

Welcome to the third instalment of the 'When IT hurts, it hurts: Mitigation strategies for cyber attack loss' blog series.  Coinciding with the release of MinterEllison's cyber survey report, Perspectives on Cyber Risk (the Report), this series focuses on key areas of loss that an organisation may suffer as a result of a cyber attack, and key strategies to mitigate that loss.

Today's blog post looks at two other feared exposures of our survey respondents - business interruption and loss of confidential information and intellectual property.

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