May 2016

May 25, 2016 9:19 AM | Posted by Brad Woods, Nicole Reid | Permalink
For many of the 15 million Australians now active on Facebook, casually sending 'friend requests' every time you make a new acquaintance has become commonplace. 1 However, if you are a member of the legal profession, it is now evident that serious thought must be given to sending and accepting these requests. read more
May 19, 2016 5:17 PM | Posted by Julia Marchesi and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
On 19 June 2016, the Google subsidiary Nest will permanently shut down the Revolv smart home hub, following its acquisition of the device's maker in 2014. From that date, the Revolv app will not open, the hub will not work, and the service will cease functioning altogether. read more
May 19, 2016 2:43 PM | Posted by Veronica Scott and Andrew Cusumano | Permalink
Successful organisations depend on three key factors: people, processes and technology.  They cannot rely on just one of these alone. In in the context of the impact of technology, this article focuses on the roles that we as individuals have to play in data security and privacy protection - both as private citizens and as part of the organisations that we work in. read more
May 9, 2016 3:34 PM | Posted by Alexander Horton | Permalink
Last Thursday, the High Court refused RPL Central's application for special leave to appeal the Full Federal Court decision denying patentability to its computer-implemented invention. In December 2015, the Full Court held that the computer-implemented nature of RPL's business scheme was not sufficient to transform it into a patentable invention. read more
May 6, 2016 3:40 PM | Posted by Rebecca Pereira | Permalink

This week saw the 2016-17 Federal Budget delivered, which included a number of announcements affecting businesses across Australia. In the Budget, the Federal Government focused on small business as a way to grow the economy, with major changes affecting small businesses proposed, in addition to a continuing focus on multinationals, including the announcement of a new Diverted Profits Tax. Other announcements continued the Government's recent theme of encouraging innovative business, proposals about future work to simplify particular complex areas of tax law (such as the taxation of financial arrangements regime), and changes to the tax rules in relation to superannuation. In terms of IP, the Budget proposed the adoption of amended transfer pricing guidance which is relevant to IP and intangibles.

Our tax team dissects those key issues and more, exploring their impact on businesses in Australia, here.

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May 4, 2016 11:34 AM | Posted by Rebecca Pereira | Permalink
As reported in our earlier post, Gilead recently succeeded in invalidating key claims of Idenix's patent relating to the Hepatitis C treatment sofosbuvir, on the grounds of insufficiency and inutility. This post reports on aspects of the subsequent costs orders made by Jagot J (see decision here). Her Honour ordered a proportional reduction of the costs to be paid to the successful party, Gilead. Whilst such orders are not uncommon in cases where parties are successful only on certain grounds of invalidity, her Honour's reasoning for applying the reduction — and her observations regarding the parties' preparation of their evidence — should be kept in mind by parties on both sides of patent disputes. read more