The Feds (aka the Australian Federal Police in co-operation with Customs) executed 21 search warrants on 14 September and apparently
Thousands of counterfeit goods were seized, including counterfeit computer software, CDs, DVDs and luxury items such as bags and jewellery.
Lid dip: Marine Guillou. The AFP issued their own Media Release.
In typically timely fashion, Stephen Stern will be giving a Tech IP Seminar:
Australian Customs And Border Protection Service – How To Access This Service To Protect Trade Marks And Stop Replica Products At The Border
in Melbourne on 12 October.
Steve has probably forgotten more about this subject than I’ve learned so, if you act for a brand owner who could be exposed, you should get yourself along to find out more.
I am presenting the annual copyright update for the Victorian chapter of IPSANZ in Melbourne on 7 October at the RACV Club.
Copyright – Selected Case Law Update 2010
Registration and details here.
Prof. Joel Bernstein from UWA and Ben Gurion University and Todd Shand, a partner at Wrays, will be giving a free seminar for IPRIA, IPTA and Knowledge Commercialisation Australia on:
The Importance of Patents:
IP Litigation in the Pharmaceutical Industry
- Adelaide on 4 August
- Melbourne on 5 August
- Sydney on 6 August.
Flyer here; online registration here.
Not specifically pharma related, but Professor Robert Merges and Pamela Samuelson have been posting a three part series reporting on the results of their survey of entrepreneurs Patenting by Entrepreneurs: The Berkeley Patent Survey: Part I, Part II and Part III.
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.
IPRIA is hosting a seminar on the Commonwealth Government’s announced intention to ban the use of artwork and logos on cigarette packaging.
- 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 Institute of Public Affairs.
They threaten to “consider the economic, legal, ethical and marketing implications of this decision”. Unfortunately, there is no indication that Kev10 will be there to perform his patented double pike with backflip. However, it does seem that the Senate Committee inquiring into the bill is not due to report until 26 August 2010. (although submissions should well and truly be in by now).
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 at 6pm (Lecture Theatre GO8, Melbourne Law School)
The seminar is free and there are CPD points going.
Details and registration here.
Tom Cordiner (from the Victorian Bar and a registered patent attorney) and Beth Webster (from IPRIA) are giving a seminar for IPRIA and IPTA on Raising the Inventive Step: A Look at the Issues:
Brisbane on 18 May 2010
Sydney on 19 May 2010
Melbourne on 21 May 2010
The seminars are free and if you are subject to the continuing education requirements of the Professional Standards Board, the Queensland, Victorian or NSW Bars or the Law Society of NSW garner you one “point”.
Details and registration via here.
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 Day, you could find out what difference a patent makes in Melbourne on 6 November.
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?
Kwanghiu Lim has posted a link to some video podcasts from IPRIA’s seminar on gene patenting here.