Everything is awesome for the Lego Minifigure

From children’s toys to video games, via blockbuster movies, the Lego minifigure has to be one of the most iconic toys of recent years. Released in its current form in 1978, over 3.7 billion “minifigs” have been produced. Such is the fame of the small plastic articulated figures, you would struggle to find someone in the developed world between the …

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Telco Sector Security Reforms

Authors: Michael Swinson (Partner) and TJ Saw (Solicitor) On 25 June 2015 the Attorney-General and the Minister for Communications released an exposure draft of a new piece of legislation that aims to strengthen the Government’s ability to manage national security risks affecting telecommunications networks. The proposed Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is the latest in a series of …

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“Re-calculating … turn around when possible” – In TomTom decision, clear thinking on “wrong way round” confusion

We’ve devoted a bit of airspace to that hoary old chestnut, reverse (or “wrong way round”) confusion. See our earlier notes on the Glee and Europcar cases (here, here and here). It’s an interesting issue, and it’s also incredibly important in the context of a global economy in which fame can arrive overnight. Given the uncertainties and complexities, it’s a …

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Australia signs Free Trade Agreement with China – important implications for IP owners and healthcare providers

After years of negotiation and months of drafting, Australia signed the Free Trade Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China (ChAFTA). The Agreement addresses a number of important IP related issues and also sets out bilateral obligations to promote trade and investment in healthcare. Intellectual Property Chapter 11 of the ChAFTA aims …

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ATMOsphere – Trade Marks Office Decisions – January to March 2015

ATMOsphere: Our trade mark series of posts summarising what has been happening in the world of Trade Marks Office decisions. Here, we aim to provide a high level summary of those decisions and to provide an interesting and useful snapshot of the previous months of decisions. Better a little late than never, we bring you the summary of decisions from …

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Cyber resilience health check

Data breaches and cybercrime are regularly occurring in Australia.  PricewaterhouseCooper’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, which surveyed more than 9,700 security, IT and business executives stated that the total number of cybersecurity incidents in 2014 was 42.8 million – an increase of 48% from 2013. ASIC, APRA and the Office of the Australian Information Commission have all signalled …

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Self(ie) made: Artist makes a Princely sum selling other people’s photos

That selfie stick might actually be a wise investment – after all, your next Instagram post could be worth thousands. US artist Richard Prince’s latest exhibition, ‘New Portraits’, is a series of printed screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos. The going price for each piece? A cool US$90,000 (roughly A$115,000). The amount the original Instagram posters will get? $0. Prince …

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Misuse of private information is a “tort” in English law

The Court of Appeal for England and Wales has held that the cause of action recognised in English law since Campbell v Mirror Group for misuse of private information should be classified as a tort rather than an equitable cause of action. The question of classification was important in litigation against Google, Inc, because the plaintiffs needed to establish that …

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