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Regency still loses its MPEG appeal

Although it rejected the primary judge’s interpretation of s145 of the Patents Act 1990, the Full Court has nonetheless dismissed Regency’s appeal seeking to terminate its licence of MPEG patents. In 2009, Regency took a licence of a bundle of patents from the MPEG patent pool so that it could make, amongst other things, DVD and Blu-Ray players. All the patents were necessary to make MPEG–2 compliant equipment, but they.. Read More

Online copyright infringement reforms announced

Government gives industry last chance to agree industry code before imposing one and will introduce injunctions to block access to 3rd party websites

Coke v Pepsi – “second” look

Last week, Besanko J dismissed Coca-Cola Co’s claims that PepsiCo’s “Carolina” bottle shape infringed Coke’s trade marks, and was passing off and misleading or deceptive conduct.

Apple can’t register APP STORE as a trade mark in Australia

Yates J has held that APP STORE is descriptive, has no capacity to distinguish and is not registrable as a trade mark in Australia

ACIP – Designs Options Paper

The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has released an options paper for arising from its Review of the (Registered) Designs System.

Coke v Pepsi

Besanko J has dismissed Coke’s action against Pepsi over the shape of those bottles

ORO and CINQUE STELLE are registrable as trade marks for coffee in Australia

The High Court rules that ORO and CINQUE STELLE are inherently adapted to distinguish coffee and so registrable as trade marks in Australia.

How long do you have to pay royalties for?

Vickery J in the Supreme Court of Victoria has had to construe how long an obligation to pay royalties under a sale of patents and technology and associated consultancy agreement lasts: ruling it is as long as the purchaser is using the “invention”.

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