Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

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

TPP Workshop

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

Productivity Commission to review all IP laws

Minister announce Productivity Commission to review Australia’s IP laws

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] /.. 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.. 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.