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GAME OVER FOR FOREIGN COMPANIES PLAYING WITH AUSSIE CONTRACT LAW   Foreign companies that may think they can weasel out of being liable for contracts with Australian clients can thank our computer gamers for a hard won lesson in life. Overseas companies have been forcefully reminded that they can’t avoid the Australian Consumer Law by…

WHISTLEBLOWERS NOW GET LEGAL PROTECTIONS Whistleblowers who report misconduct about companies can now access stronger rights and protections under law changes to the Corporations Act.   Brisbane intellectual property and domain name lawyer Nicole Murdoch says the changes to the Corporations Act mean whistleblowers wanting to disclose information about misconduct or breaches of the law…

EMPLOYERS WARNED BUSINESS TRADE SECRETS VULNERABLE WHEN STAFF USE OWN LAPTOPS   It sounds like a no-brainer if staff offer to use their own laptops or portable devices for work, but employers should realise it’s actually a very bad idea.   Put simply, staff could use their own laptops or tablets to transfer and store…

WHY WE NEED TO STOP PEOPLE HIDING BEHIND THE PRIVACY ACT   Executives at some prominent Australian organisations who falsely claim to have university degrees could be using the Privacy Act to protect them from being found out.   Australian universities need to urgently change their policies and confirm whether people applying for jobs, citing…

Why your WIPO TradeMark registration in Australia might be invalid The International Trademark system administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) provides an easy process of filing trademark applications in Madrid Protocol countries. Not only is it simple and easy to use but it provides cost incentives. Once more than two countries are designated…

They used to say you could make a fortune from real estate but the big bucks now are in cyber real estate- buying and selling domain names, and the industry is booming. The recent sale of the website domain name Money.com.au for $400,000 –one of the biggest sales to date of an Australian .au domain…

Patents and the Right of Repair – Ink dries on Re-making patented goods in the Full Court   In Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corporation the Full Court has addressed the extent of ownership rights held by the purchaser of goods protected by patents and whether any Right of Repair which may exist extends…

A USD$12M Lesson in trademark registration – Wawona-ship of Majestic Yosemite TradeMarks returned to National Park We all learn through bitter experience. Sometimes we have the opportunity to learn through the bitter and expensive experience of others. Delaware North Inc has taught both Aramark and the United States Government the very expensive lesson that a…

We recognise that the value of a brand to a business is important. Global brands like McDonald’s, Red Bull and celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Cardi B and Paris Hilton invest significantly in their brands. However, not everyone is a trade mark lawyer and not everyone has the same budget of McDonald’s and Red Bull to…

IP Australia has recently launched a new tool to search Design registrations. The tool is based around the image recognition software already used by IP Australia in respect of image searching under the Trade Mark Search tool. It replaces the very outdated ADDS tool which was difficult to use and particularly difficult to use successfully….

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