August 2015

August 31, 2015 11:30 AM | Posted by Shyama Jayaswal | Permalink
The Full Federal Court of Australia has issued three important decisions regarding provisions in patent licenses.  The decisions underscore the importance of paying attention to the fine detail of patent licences during their negotiation. read more
August 21, 2015 9:00 AM | Posted by James Patto and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
Consistent with a May decision of the Privacy Commissioner determining that metadata can be 'personal information' under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has released a privacy business resource intended to assist telecommunication companies and ISPs to comply with their obligations in respect of the storage and management of metadata. read more
August 18, 2015 10:50 AM | Posted by Jonathan Kelp & Timothy Gorton | Permalink
The ongoing dispute between Dallas Buyers Club LLC (DBC), rights holder of the film of the same name, and the internet service providers (ISPs) who hold the key to the identities of alleged copyright infringers, has taken another turn. read more
August 14, 2015 9:47 AM | Posted by Timothy Gorton | Permalink
Whilst imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery, the Queensland Supreme Court has reminded a Cairns builder that it may also be copyright infringement. In the recent decision of Coles v Dormer, the Court ordered — by way of injunction — a number of modifications to the front of a house which was largely identical to the plaintiff's. read more
August 11, 2015 9:00 AM | Posted by James Patto & Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
Following a Federal Circuit Court decision in 2014, the United States Supreme Court has refused to hear Google's appeal against Oracle regarding whether application programming interfaces (APIs) for the computer language Java are capable of attracting copyright protection. By refusing to hear this appeal, the highest court in the US has effectively declared that copyright may subsist in APIs, overruling Judge William Alsup's first instance decision. read more