Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Harper Review: Government Response

The Government has accepted almost all of the Harper Review’s recommendations including the power to block parallel imports of books.

Section 155 notices

Reeves J has sentenced Davies to 200 hours community service for non-compliance with a s 155 notice under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010

The official Text Of The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Has Now Been Published

Full text of TPP here. IP chapter here. Lid dip: Prof. Cotter

The word yellow is descriptive of online directories

The Full Court has dismissed Telstra’s appeal against “Yellow” being found descriptive of print and online directories.

TPP Workshop

The University of Melbourne’ Global Economic Law Network is holding a Workshop on the TPP

IP Australia consults on patenting genetic material post Myriad

Following the High Court’s ruling that Myriad’s claims for isolated DNA relating to BRCA1 were not patentable subject matter, IP Australia has released a “consultation” on how it proposes to treat patent applications claiming genetic material.

Google Books = fair use in USA

Just in time for the 2015 Copyright Symposium, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Google Books Project is “fair use” of copyright and so not infringing. Judgment here (pdf). Opinion authored by Circuit Judge Leval. Eleanora of the IPkats first look here; Rebecca Tushnet focuses on the fourth factor discussion here. The “four factors” from §107 are: (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such.. Read More

Productivity Commission reviews IP

The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper for its inquiry into Intellectual Property Arrangements.

Myriad’s BRCA1 claims – take 2

A closer look at the High Court’s ruling in D’Arcy v Myriad

Isolated gene sequence not patentable in Australia

High Court allows D’Arcy’s appeal against patentability of isolated gene sequences for BRCA1