Wednesday - 13 August, 2008

Patentable subject matter

A 'manner of manufacture' is something 'more' than a mere discovery or principle: it must be some thing or praactical means of applying that principle in a field of economic endeavour (qua NRDC at e.g. [15] and [22]) and now, apparently, we have an example of a discovery or principle which was not patentable as being too abstract rather than a practical application ... 

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Wednesday - 30 July, 2008

Domain name disputes in Australia 

Mark Bender, at Monash University, has written about domain name disputes in Australia ... 

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Tuesday - 29 July, 2008


 Nicholas Suzor tries to work out where parody fits into Australian copyright law ...

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Tuesday - 29 July, 2008

Copyright owners versus ISPs

Reports today that the UK Government has 'brokered' a deal between copyright owners and ISPs forcing ISPs to take a more pro-active role in cutting off illegal downloaders ...

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Thursday - 24 July, 2008

Dollars v sense 

The latest plans to extend copyright term in the EU seem to have fired up a collected who's who of copyright academics ... 

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Tuesday - 22 July, 2008

Patentable subject matter issues paper 

ACIP has released its issues paper on Patentable Subject Matter ...

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Saturday - 19 July, 2008

Saturday - 19 July, 2008

Innovators and entrepreneurs

Joshua Gans says he has been teaching this case study to his MBA students ... 

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Saturday - 19 July, 2008

Jib Jab did it again! 

The folks who brought us This Land have now found

Time for some campaignin' ...

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Friday - 11 July, 2008

Innovation Scorecard 

The Commonwealth Department of Innovation Industry, Science and Research has published an Intellectual Property Scorecard 2002 - 2006.

There are a wealth of interesting statistics to ponder ...

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Friday - 11 July, 2008

Barefoot in the drink 

E & J Gallo failed in its action against Lion Nathan alleging that BAREFOOT RADLER for beer infringed Gallo's registration of BAREFOOT for wine.  Worse news for Gallo, its trade mark was ordered to be removed for non-use ...

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Wednesday - 09 July, 2008

Product placement

You know how James Bond stopped driving Aston Martins (notwithstanding Top Gear) for BMWs and always wears an Omega watch and the computer monitors on everyone's desks are ...

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Wednesday - 09 July, 2008

Fair use and online video 

2 Washington DC professors (with an impressive line up of contributors) have released a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video ...

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Friday - 04 July, 2008

Groooaaannnn ...

The Australian Copyright Council reports that the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting has identified the problem of parallel importation of books as a priority area for reform and referred the issue to the Productivity Commission ... 

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Thursday - 03 July, 2008

Confidential Information 

Yesterday's Age reported on a former GSK executive's victory in a court action brought by GSK alleging he had started up a competing business using GSK's confidential information - Pain relief for scientist who took on tall poppy.

The case itself is GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd v Ritchie & Anor [2008] VSC 164 ...

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