September 2014

September 25, 2014 4:32 PM | Posted by Charles Alexander | Permalink
In their draft report released this week, the Competition Policy Review panel identified the important role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in 'competition and flow-on inventions'. Importantly, the Panel recognised the need to balance IP protection to promote innovation and efficiency with anti-competitive elements, saying 'IP rights can deter competition and limit choice for consumers [and]...facilitate monopolistic or anti-competitive behaviour'.
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September 11, 2014 5:15 PM | Posted by Rebecca Pereira | Permalink
A five-judge bench of the Full Federal Court (Allsop CJ, Dowsett, Kenny, Bennett and Middleton JJ) handed down a highly anticipated decision on Friday in the Myriad Genetics case, unanimously confirming that isolated, naturally occurring DNA and RNA sequences are patentable subject matter under Australian law. This is in contrast to the recent decision of the US Supreme Court on the same subject. read more
September 3, 2014 5:30 PM | Posted by Lucy McGovern & Elisabeth Koster | Permalink
The Australian Law Reform Commission has today released its Final Report into 'Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era'.  The Report makes a number of recommendations regarding the prevention of and remedies for serious invasions of privacy in the digital era, including considering the design of a statutory cause of action for serious invasions of privacy.  read more
September 2, 2014 6:00 PM | Posted by Emily Hawcroft, Charles Alexander, Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
It's been an active and interesting 18 months in the ever-changing Australian copyright sphere. From copyright reform to copyright in compilations, from the dangers of litigation to the unlicensed use of stock photography, we've collated a summary of the more significant developments over that time which may be helpful or instructive when similar issues arise. read more