Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

The Corbys have copyrights

Various members of Schapelle Corby‘s family, like most other people who take photographs, do own copyright in the photographs they have taken and Allen & Unwin, which published 5 of their photographs in The Sins of the Father, has to pay damages for the unauthorised use of those copyrights. Buchanan J awarded: between $500 and $5,000 compensatory damages pursuant to s 115(2) for each photograph; and $45,000 by way of additional damages.. Read More

Looking for a (copyright related) job?

The NSW Department of Education is looking for someone who: will lead negotiations on behalf of the TAFE sector in respect of statutory copyright collecting agencies Copyright Agency and Screenrights and other voluntary agreements as appropriate with other collecting societies. The Manager will also support the National Copyright Director to provide specialist copyright advice to the school and TAFE sector, and implement smart copying initiatives in Schools and TAFEs. If.. Read More

Did the Earth move for you too?

Most of the substantive Raising the Bar amendments came into force today. Amongst other things, schedule 1 of the Raising the Bar Act introduced a raft of changes designed to raise the threshold of patentability – i.e., make it harder to get a patent. These include: introducing the really diligent searcher of prior art for obviousness via changes to s 7(3)[1] so that it will be permissible to combine any.. Read More

Pharmaceutical Patents Review

The Commonwealth Government’s Pharmaceutical Patents Review has published a draft report. The draft Report is some 200 or so pages long; contains 4 draft findings and 15 draft recommendations (although recommendation 5 relating to the extension of term regime proposes 2 different alternatives). There appears to be considerable, fascinating data reported. The scope and detail of the draft report will plainly require much further consideration. At the policy level, the.. Read More