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Science Fiction

Noted science fiction author, Kim Stanley Robinson, imagines a future oral argument trying to patent something in light of recent (US) judicial attempts to clarify business method patenting. Imagine what fun he could have in an imaginary place far far away! Lid dip: PatentlyO In the meantime, IPwars is also heading far far way for the holidays. Thank you for reading. Season greetings! Wishing you a happy, safe and prosperous.. Read More

Little Brown Balls Bounced Again

Jessup J has ruled that MALTITOS may be registered for confectionary in the face of MALTESERS. Mars had successfully opposed Delfi’s application before the Office on the grounds of its prior registration for MALTESERS and its reputation in Australia. On the s 44 point, both marks consisted of three syllables and had the word “malt” in common as the first syllable, but the different appearance and sound of the remaining.. Read More

ACIP Final Designs Report

ACIP’s final report into its review of the Designs System has been published. The report is 70 pages (including annexes) – 43 pages for the report itself; and 23 recommendations. Key recommendations include: investigate joining the Hague system and, if a decision is made to join, extend the maximum term of design protection to 15 years; introduce a grace period of 6 months before the filing date, but require an.. Read More

What would Google do [1]

The Way of the Warrant: Google has published a video on how it deals with search warrants

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by during the year. IPwars has headed off into the summer sun. Hopefully to return in late January. Wishing you the compliments of the Season and all the best for 2014!

Australian blawgs

Separovic Injury Lawyers in Perth have compiled an interesring list of Australian legal blogs. Law Geek DownUnder provides useful summaries about the issues in upcoming High Court cases and, when they’re handed down, what they decided. In the past Stephen Warne has explained why all lawyers should have top up professional indemnity insurance (although apparently it does not help solicitors quite as much as it should(?)). I shall have to.. Read More

New Judges

The Constitution requires that Justice Heydon retires from the High Court by 1 March 2013. The Attorney General today announced that Justice Keane, currently the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, will be replacing him. In addition, Justice Allsop, who is currently President of the NSW Court of Appeal, will be taking up appointment as Chief Justice of the Federal Court. Before he went to the Court of Appeal, Allsop.. Read More

Ambush marketing or how did …

… Darth Vader get past LOCOG security? Watch (Really starts after 00:23 and watch the crowd at 01:00 and 2:00.) Lid dip: James McDougall

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for your time and comments and encouragement over the past year. I hope you have continued to find something of interest. IPwars is disappearing off into the summer sun like all be-gowned, if not be-wigged, creatures and should be returning in late January. Meanwhile, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

Apple gets interlocutory injunction against Samsung

Apple gets over the first hurdle.