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The Hague Agreement: a cost benefit analysis

IP Australia’s preliminary conclusion is that joing the Hague Agreement for the registration of designs will cost Australian consumers a lot more than Australian designers will benefit

In which the lawyers don’t lose themselves

In which Eminem Esq is compared to Eminem – in Enzed

NZexit?

The Commerce Select committee of the NZ Parliament has recommended that NZ should continue with the proposed Single Application and Examination Processes for patent applications in both Australia and NZ. The committee, however, did support continuing with the single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime.

A third case of extradition

The 1709 blog has a good summary of the arrest of Megaupload.com’s Kim “Dotcom” in New Zealand for allegedly copyrights in the USA. Case 1 (Hew Griffiths aka ‘bandido’) Case 2 (Richard O’Dwyer) Meanwhile, some controversy is brewing because the FBI has seized the domain name and apparently blocked any access to the site even by those who have stored material legitimately in the service. Does that mean we all need to.. Read More

Trans Tasman IP harmonising – patents

Prime Ministers Gillard (Australia) and Key (EnZed) have reaffirmed their countries’ respective commitment to closer co-operation in (industrial) IP matters between the two countries as part of the Trans Tasman Single Economic Market. Apparently, over the next 5 years our countries will work towards: one regulatory framework for patent attorneys; one trade mark regime; one application process for patents in both jurisdictions; and one plant variety right regime. According to.. Read More

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

3 strikes – across the Tasman

Apparently, New Zealand’s copyright law has been amended to require ISPs to terminate the account of a “repeat infringer”. Excess Copyright has the links. Our law – Copyright Act s 116AG – already provides that a Court may order the “carriage service provider” to terminate a specified account.

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