June 2014

June 26, 2014 3:07 PM | Posted by Nicole Reid | Permalink
The Western Australian Supreme Court has recently handed down a decision finding that a farmer who grew a genetically modified (GM) canola crop was not liable for economic loss suffered by his neighbours whose organic certification was suspended after GM material blew onto their farm. read more
June 25, 2014 5:48 PM | Posted by Stephen Worthley | Permalink
In March this year, we blogged about a United States case, Alice Corporation Pty Ltd v CLS Bank International, relating to the patentability of business methods and computer-implemented inventions.

Now, the Court has handed down its decision, finding all of the patent claims unpatentable because they were merely directed to an "abstract idea," and so did not constitute patentable subject matter. This has important implications for Australian inventors seeking international patent protection.

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June 25, 2014 5:41 PM | Posted by Ella Biggs and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
The scope of copyright protection afforded to compilations remains a vexed issue in Australia.  In a judgment handed down on 6 June 2014, the Federal Court has further considered the issue. read more
June 18, 2014 4:52 PM | Posted by Charles Alexander | Permalink
After a lengthy investigation, the ACCC has again authorised APRA's licensing arrangements for five years, but subject to some important conditions. read more
June 10, 2014 4:38 PM | Posted by Loren Blumgart & Anthony Borgese | Permalink
The ACCC has commenced proceedings against a total of ten Harvey Norman franchisees in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania, for making false or misleading representations to consumers regarding their guarantees and rights under Australian Consumer Law (ACL). read more