Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Productivity Commission reviews IP

The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper for its inquiry into Intellectual Property Arrangements.

Securities over IP

Transition period to register security interest claims over IP expires on 31 January 2014

Re-thinking the role of IP: Francis Gurry lecture

Last week, the 5th Francis Gurry Lecture at the University of Melbourne was given by Dr Francis Gurry, the Director-General of WIPO (and so the highest ranking Australian official in UN organisations), himself. The topic “Re-thinking the Role of IP’.

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

Arbitrating IP disputes in Australia

Last year, IPwars reported on Hammerschlag J’s ruling that arbitrators under the Commercial Arbitration Acts 1984 (here and here (repealed and replaced by a 2010 Act)e.g.) can settle disputes about (1) the ownership of improvements under a technology licence agreement and (2) the licence fees payable if the technology be exploited in various ways in the future. The arbitrator has now made an award finding that the patents owned by Lloyd.. Read More

The Fortnightly Review (of IP and Media Law)

Professors Megan Richardson and Andrew Kenyon and Vicki Huang edit a new online publication “The Fortnightly Review of IP and Media Law”. So far, it is up to issue #7 and features, amongst other things, a good debate in which Ass Prof. David Brennan responds to Dr Cannold and Prof Palumbi’s opinion piece in the Age on Gene Patenting. Dr Cannold and Prof Palumbi get to reply. Check it out.. Read More

Recent microblog (twitter) posts

Following in the footsteps of Marty Schwimmer and Dennis Kennedy, I shall try a weekly post aggregating selected IP “tweets”. If you’re keen on greater currency, my tweets also show up as they’re made in a side bar on the website. RT @priorsmart: RT @ernestgrumbles Is the Fed. Circuit pro-patent? Maybe Not http://bit.ly/Kd9gR (empirical study of decisions) RT @dhowell: RT @entlawupdate How the RealDVD ruling could reshape copyright law http://bit.ly/2sud8B.. Read More

Bushfires and IP Australia

IP Australia has a policy if you have missed, or are about to miss, a deadline because of The Bushfires. (Un)Official Notice – at the time of writing (it may be fixed by the time you’re reading) the link to the Official Notices doesn’t take you to anything specific.

Crown use

No, it’s not the long awaited response to the CLRC’s report; instead, IP Australia and the Attorney-General’s Department have published an information sheet about Crown Use of intellectual property (in Australia). As you will already know all about this, it could be a useful starter for your clients. Read the glossy (pdf) here.

Landmarks in Australian IP

Dr Emmerson QC (who surely needs no introduction) is going to launch the new book edited by Andrew Kenyon, Megan Richardson and Sam Ricketson – all professors well known to you on 25 March 2009. Chapters include: Potter v Broken Hill: misuse of precedent in cross-border IP litigation by Richard Garnett; The Union Label case: an early Australian IP story by Sam Ricketson;  RPM for RPM: National Phonograph Company of Australia v.. Read More