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Plain Packaging: WTO dispute panel appointed

Plain Packaging: WTO dispute panel appointed

Major sporting events

Did you know there was a Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Bill 2014? It was introduced into Parliament on 26 March 2014.

IP and antitrust in Australia

The ACCC has sued Pfizer for alleged antitrust breaches by locking in Lipitor sales for 12 months after the patent expired

The (online) price of things in Australia

the Fairfax media claim that Australians are paying much higher prices for fashion from overseas chains than they charge in their online stores too. Apparently, up to 35% more ….

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2012 – exposure draft

IP Australia has released for public comment an exposure draft of the proposed Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2012. The Bill has 2 purposes: to amend the Patents Act 1990 in light of the DOHA Declaration / TRIPS Protocol; and to confer original jurisdiction in matters arising under the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 on the Federal Magistrates Court in addition to the Federal Court’s existing jurisdiction. DOHA Declaration[1] / TRIPS Protocol Article.. Read More

Tobacco plain packaging

Quote from the High Court: At least a majority of the Court is of the opinion that the Act is not contrary to s 51(xxxi). Reasons (which may explain that rather cryptic quantity) to follow later. So, by 1 December 2012, all retail cigarette packs in Australia will look something like this. – the colour is officially described as Pantone 448C. Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 Tobacco Plain.. Read More

Google v ACCC

Following on from yesterday’s post, @davidstarkoff points out that: the transcript of the special leave application can be found here; and in due course, the submissions will appear here. The hearing of the appeal has been fixed for 11 September 2012.

ACCC v Google

Apparently, back on 25 June the High Court granted Google special leave to appeal from the Full Federal Court’s ruling that Google is liable for the misleading ads placed by advertisers. Maybe the internet will be able to keep working in Australia after all. Austlii is only up to 20 June, at the time of posting. Lid dip “Law Geek Down Under“

ACTA in trouble in Australia

The Age is reporting that a Parliamentary committee has “struck down” Australia’s signing of ACTA. As it turns out, the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has unanimously recommended that Australia should not ratify ACTA at this time. Recommendation 8 states: That the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement not be ratified by Australia until the: Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has received and considered the independent and transparent assessment of the economic and social benefits and.. Read More

Does anyone think Google is advertising the sponsored links?

The Full Federal Court in Australia does. The ACCC has successfully appealed the Google Adwords case for misleading and deceptive conduct. So, for example, Alpha Dog Trainging has been operating a dogtraining business for 12 years. Dog Training Australia (Ausdog) bought ads on the keywords Alpha Dog Training through Google’s Adwords program. One ad generated was: Alpha Dog Training  DogTrainingAustralia.com.au All Breeds. We come to you. No dog that can’t be trained. Instead.. Read More