Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Tobacco and trade marks seminars – the video

IPRIA held a public seminar on the Commonwealth Government’s proposals to ban the use of artwork and logos on cigaratte packaging. The video and Powerpoint packs are now online via here – Prof. Davison advises me that Videos 4 and 5 are the “legal” ones.

Tobacco and trade marks seminar

IPRIA is hosting a seminar on the Commonwealth Government’s announced intention to ban the use of artwork and logos on cigarette packaging. Speakers: Prof. Mark Davison Prof. John Freebairn, a professor of economics at Melbourne Uni Ass. Prof. Angela Paladino, who teaches in Marketing at Melbourne Uni (and is a recipient of over $2M in competitive funding) Tim Wilson, the Director of Intellectual Property and Free Trade unit at the.. Read More

Copyright fest in Melbourne

IPRIA and CMCL at Melbourne Uni. are holding a half-day forum on 18 March on: iiNet Larrikin (Down Under) Telstra v PDC Speakers are:   David Brennan, Melbourne Law School Melissa de Zwart, University of South Australia David Lindsay, Monash University Beth Webster, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia Philip Williams, Frontier Economics Details and registration here.

IPRIA Seminars

Prof. Ann Monotti and other experts will be talking about what University of Western Australia v Gray means for Universities in Melbourne on 17 November Brisbane on 23 November; and Perth on 20 November. Details and registration here. Judge Hiroki Morishita will be providing an Introduction to the High Court of Intellectual Property in Japan on 9 November in Melbourne. Details and registration here. And, if you’ve recovered from Oaks.. Read More

IPRIA, parallel imports

IPRIA has organised a seminar in Melbourne on 15 September and Sydney on 16 September to discuss whether freeing parallel imports will make books cheaper. Speakers include both Prof. Fels, who started it all, and Dr Rhonda Smith. Details from here. Has anyone established how far the prices of CDs and computer software fell once the markets for those products became open?

IPRIA seminar on patent infringementi

IPRIA (Ass. Prof. Beth Webster and Kimberlee Weatherall) is holding a lunch time seminar reporting on the results of their survey of patent infringement in Australia: in Melbourne on 9 June 2009; and in Brisbane on 10 June, at the Blake Dawson offices in those cities. According to the blurb: One of the great unknowns of patent policy is how much infringement actually goes on, and how much of that infringement.. Read More

Should genes be patented?

Bit late on this one – IPRIA and MBS seminar on 24 April 2009, starting at 9.30. Details here (pdf).

Ambush Marketing DownUnder

The Government has published Frontier Economics’ review of the ambush marketing legislation provided by the Olympic Insignia Protection Act 1987 (Cth) and the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games (Indicia and Images) Protection Act 2005 (Cth) (the AML). According to the Executive Summary, key points include: The Review is of the opinion that the AML has provided tangible benefits to the organisers, and that these have a direct (although difficult to quantify) bearing on their ability.. Read More