Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Upcoming copyright and patent talks

Ben Fitzpatrick will be giving his highly regarded annual update of patents for IPSANZ on 16 July at 12.15 at the RACV Club in Melbourne. Details will be available here (in due course). After talking in Melbourne on 3 August, Dr Gurry will be delivering a speech at the National Press Club in Canberra on 4 August and then on 6 August, the keynote speech at the Reimagining copyright for.. Read More

Secrecy laws

The ALRC has released a discussion paper outlining 65 proposals: “to balance a growing commitment to increased openness and transparency in government with the legitimate need to maintain the secrecy and confidentiality of some Commonwealth information.” Submissions should be made by a leisurely 7 August 2009. According to the Media Briefing: The chapters fall into four broad areas: concepts and comparisons; a general criminal secrecy offence; specific secrecy offences; and.. Read More

Patent and Trade Mark procedures in the Office

IP Australia has released 3 further consultation papers on “IP Rights Reforms”: resolving divisional applications faster resolving patent oppositions faster resolving trade mark oppositions faster Submissions are sought by 17 August 2009. Download the papers (pdf or .doc) from here. There are also links to the earlier papers on ‘Getting the Balance Right’ and ‘Exemptions to Patent Infringement’.

The value of descriptive ‘trade marks’?

Lea Lewin looks at why Virgin lost its opposition (in the Office) to Qantas‘ attempt to register ALL DAY, EVERY DAY, LOW FARES in the face of Virgin’s ‘trade mark’ for: EVERY DAY LOW FARES Unfortunately, Virgin’s ‘trade mark’ doesn’t exactly leap off its website (or the evidence it filed). Given Qantas is on the verge of registration (and apparently using its ‘mark’ through Jetstar), I can see why Virgin.. Read More

Google’s trade mark policy

Yesterday (in the USA) Google’s new trade mark policy and complaint procedure came into force. All the details here. Australia is still in the regions where both text and keywords are monitored. Lid dip @TrademarkBlog (aka Marty Schwimmer)

3 strikes in Kiwi land

Looks like New Zealand will be repealing its law imposing a “3 strikes” ban requiring ISPs to cut off infringing downloaders. Howard has the news at Excess Copyright. Imagine how much lobbying is going to take place now? How long before the USTR has to fly all the way down “here”? Howard also links to an interesting article about the settlement by Eire’s biggest ISP. Our law, s 116AG, already.. Read More

Productivity Commission on parallel imports

The Productivity Commission has released its draft report into the copyright restrictions on parallel importing books: Australia’s Parallel Import Restrictions (PIRs) for books should be modified as follows.  • PIRs should apply for 12 months from the date of first publication of a book in Australia. Thereafter, parallel importation should be freely permitted.  • If a PIR-protected book becomes unavailable during this 12 month period, then parallel importation should be freely permitted until.. Read More

Australian Innovation Review

The Government has released the Report On The Review Of The National Innovation System.  You can download copies of the Report, an Overview, the 3 different press releases, the Minister’s introductory remarks and the Minister’s speech from here.  I wonder if the prospects of implementation are increased or decreased by the quantity of media assistance? As the Report points out, “we have known for several generations that innovation pre-eminently determines our prosperity.” And.. Read More

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