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Arbitrating IP disputes in Australia

Last year, IPwars reported on Hammerschlag J’s ruling that arbitrators under the Commercial Arbitration Acts 1984 (here and hereĀ (repealed and replaced by a 2010 Act)e.g.) can settle disputes about (1) the ownership of improvements under a technology licence agreement and (2) the licence fees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 or its subsidiary.. Read More

A case of (un) parallel imports

BTB holds a licence to make and sell “Greg Norman” branded clothing in India from Greg Norman Collection Inc (GNC). GNC is the “head licensor” of the “Greg Norman” trade marks registered in, amongst other places, India and Australia. By clause 2.4 of the licence agreement, BTB agreed not to sell the branded clothing it made outside India without GNC’s consent: LICENSEE acknowledges that this License is limited to the TERRITORY defined herein,.. Read More

Software licensing

IP What’s Up (USA) reviews a book demystifying software licensing (from a US perspective). OUP’s link.

Singapore Trademark (?) Treaty

IPKat reports that the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks came into force on 16 December 2008, when Australia became the 10th party to ratify. Apparently, it should help simplify trade mark applications and licensing. Wonder if there’s anything in here to do with this?