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Trade mark oppositions (Australia)

Andrew Sykes, a barrister and trade marks attorney, has started a new trade mark resource: Australian Trade Mark Opposition Law. According to the website: The purpose of this site is to provide quick, reliable answers to practitioners working with trade mark oppositions and appeals. Therefore the aim is to keep excessive academic discussion to a minimum and make good use of relevant and helpful citation to authorities. …. The website is.. Read More

auDRP review

auda is conducting a review of the auDRP – the dispute resolution policy covering domain names registered in the .au domain name space. The auDRP was derived from the UDRP, so many of the principles worked out under the latter are equally applicable under the auDRP. Two of the main differences, however, are that under the auDRP: a complainant may have rights sufficient to found a complaint “in a name”,.. Read More

Kim Dotcom

TVNZ has a video report on the launch of Kim Dotcom’s Mega 2.0 on the anniversary of that raid. The report includes Clive Elliott‘s view on the copyright significance of the encryption arrangements. Unlike Dropbox et al., only the user/uploader has the encryption keys for the files they upload. As Clive pointed out, there are already players in the user-encrypted field: e.g. SpiderOak, Wuala (which don’t come with quite the same.. Read More

Raising the Bar update

Following the conclusion of consultations about the draft Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment Regulations (the regulations to implement the “Raising the Bar” amendments), IP Australia has published a document outlining the outcomes of the consultation process. The document outlines what IP Australia is proposing to do/implement in relation to:   Schedule 1   preliminary search and opinion search fee priority date other things   Schedule 3   filing of evidence in.. Read More