June 20, 2017 11:02 AM | Posted by Nicole Reid | Permalink
A United States appeal court has recently found in favour of Google, Inc in a case that sought to argue that the word GOOGLE should lose trade mark protection because it has become generic. read more
June 9, 2017 10:55 AM | Posted by Nadia Braad and Lana Ristic | Permalink
The recent Full Federal Court decision of Pham Global Pty Ltd v Insight Clinical Imaging Pty Ltd highlights the danger of filing a trade mark application in the wrong name. read more
June 5, 2017 3:35 PM | Posted by Helen Lauder, Veronica Scott | Permalink
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) last week released four resources on the mandatory data breach notification scheme (DBN scheme)  for consultation. read more
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