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The Decoder - Making sense of IP Blog

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Mite-y win for Dick Smith

Australia - August 25 2016 Aussie icon, Dick Smith, has resisted attempts to remove his OZEMITE trade mark registration after winning his appeal in the Federal Court against a…

The goose is cooked: authorised use and bare trade mark licences under Australian law

Australia - August 23 2016 Following the recent case of Lodestar Anstalt v Campari America LLC [2016] FCAFC 92, trade mark owners who don’t exercise actual control over…

.au domain to open for direct registrations

Australia - May 17 2016 The central registry for .au domain names, auDA, has just announced it will be opening the .au domain for direct registrations, so it will soon be…

High Court of Australia on patents and “obviousness”

Australia - September 2 2015 The High Court has dismissed an appeal by AstraZeneca AB in its fight with Apotex Pty Ltd over the validity of its low dose patent of rosuvastatin…

Federal Court considers for the first time copyright in television formats

Australia - August 11 2015 On Friday, the Federal Court of Australia issued an important decision on the protection of television formats under Australian copyright Law. See…

Turf war

Australia - July 29 2015 The recent Federal Court decision of Buchanan Turf Supplies v Registrar of Trade Marks (link) deals with the interaction between trade marks and…

Accor AU & NZ Hospitality v Liv – the potential cost of winning at all costs

Australia - July 23 2015 A recent decision of the Federal Court, Accor Australia & New Zealand Hospitality Pty Ltd v Liv Pty Ltd (Accor) (link), reminds litigants of the…

Does Australian law apply to video subscription games just because there are Australian users?

Australia - July 20 2015 This is the question that a case currently before the Federal Court is likely to answer. Last year the ACCC brought proceedings against Valve…

Interlocutory injunctions to compel transfer of domain names – it’s possible!

Australia - June 23 2015 A recent Federal Court case, Thomas International v Humantech [2015] FCA 541, piqued our interest because the Court made orders to compel the…

Australia’s new site blocking power

Australia - June 23 2015 Last night, the Australian Parliament passed legislation that will allow copyright owners to obtain injunctions against foreign copyright-infringing…