January 2013

January 21, 2013 12:00 AM | Posted by By Helen Paterson, Emily Hawcroft and John Fairbai | Permalink
A recent decision of the Federal Court provides a cautionary tale for persons tempted to make allegations of intellectual property infringement, including via personal social media posts. In Seafolly Pty Ltd v Madden [2012] FCA 1346 the Federal Court found that Leah Madden, the principal of the swimwear label White Sands, had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct by posting Facebook statements and sending emails representing that Seafolly, a competing swimwear brand had copied her designs. read more
January 16, 2013 12:00 AM | Posted by Posted by Charmain Panickar and Peter Kearney | Permalink
A recent decision by Perram J in the Federal Court case Solar Technology AG v Beyond Building Systems Pty Ltd [2012] FCA 1483 provides some instructive illustrations of the law of passing off and trade mark infringement.

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January 10, 2013 12:00 AM | Posted by Posted by Alberto Colla | Permalink
Crowd funding is currently receiving significant media attention in Australia, with today's edition of The Australian Financial Review devoting commentary to this topic with a prominent article on page 3 [registration required].

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