May 21, 2017 5:16 PM | Posted by Veronica Scott, Cathy Lyndon | Permalink
Privacy iconMany of our clients introduce new technologies into their workforce with the aim of improving safety – recently we have seen employers, ranging from emergency services and health providers to construction firms, introducing body cameras, and there are plenty of smart phone apps which assist with WHS compliance. read more
May 15, 2017 1:40 PM | Posted by Leah Mooney & Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
Over the weekend an unprecedented ransomware attack spread malicious software known as 'WannaCry' around the world. Britain's National Health Service was one of the more high-profile victims, with the service forced to cancel surgery, close emergency rooms and divert ambulances as a result of the attack. And while a British-based, self-confessed 'accidental hero' managed to halt the spread of the WannaCry virus, and Australia appears to have escaped the worst of the fallout, the consequences for business, government and individuals are far from complete, with the Australian Prime Minister's cyber security expert warning 'this is not game over'. read more
May 9, 2017 8:56 AM | Posted by Nadia Braad & Lana Ristic | Permalink
A new Full Federal Court decision appears to have upended the treatment of metatags in the trade mark infringement context. read more
April 12, 2017 4:40 PM | Posted by Rachel Cox & Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
Businesses frequently choose to engage third party providers to build technology to support business activities. The process of developing and commercialising an idea requires a significant investment of both time and capital. Whether you are commissioning an app or having a developer create a website, it is important to ensure that you enter into a robust agreement with the developer that protects your IP and confidential information and maximises your return on investment. read more
March 17, 2017 5:00 PM | Posted by Paul Kallenbach | Permalink

We are delighted to announce the publication of our second annual cyber security survey report, Perspectives on Cyber Risk 2017.

The 12 months since the publication of our last report has seen some of the most devastating cyber incidents yet.  No organisation type or industry has been spared. From finance, retail, hospitality and healthcare, to mining and resources, utilities, professional services and education – it's clear that everyone is fair game in cyberspace.

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February 28, 2017 1:20 PM | Posted by Helen Lauder and John Fairbairn | Permalink
Privacy2016 set the stage for changes to Australian privacy laws with two key amendment bills introduced. Further, major legislative (and other) changes were recommended by the Productivity Commission in its draft report into data availability and use. Overseas, the EU General Data Protection Regulation was published. There were also a number of OAIC determinations. Finally, the Federal Court interpreted the meaning of 'personal information' (although this occurred in early this year, not 2016).

We look at these legislative changes and other developments in Looking back at 2016 - Privacy Recap
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February 10, 2017 11:19 AM | Posted by Nicole Reid | Permalink
According to the Australian Trade Mark Search system, as at 9 February 2017, there were 953 shape marks registered as trade marks, and a further 195 pending shape marks. Some of these marks are shapes used in combination with one or more other kinds of marks (commonly a device, or both word and device), but many are shape marks only. read more
February 9, 2017 12:46 PM | Posted by Dutkowski, Rebecca | Permalink
In our previous blog post, we had reported that in a battle for the name KYLIE, Kylie Minogue had opposed a US trade mark application for "KYLIE" by Kylie Jenner, of "Keeping up the with the Kardashians" fame/infamy. Further developments in this battle, in both Australia and the US have now occurred. read more
January 31, 2017 10:38 AM | Posted by John Steven & Paul Kallenbach | Permalink

Heard of a recent IT project failure?  No?  Maybe you need to get out more.

If there is one topic on which many organisations don’t seem to need any guidance, it is on how to run an IT project off the rails.

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January 25, 2017 4:52 PM | Posted by Hayley Tarr | Permalink
An analysis of the number of trade mark applications lodged in each class in 2016 reveals a great disparity between the classes. read more