Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2009’
The Bill to replace the Patents Act 1953 (NZ) has finally received its first reading in Parliament. Copies of the draft Bill, the explanatory memorandum, and the first reading speeches are available at http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Legislation/Bills/a/f/2/00DBHOH_BILL8651_1-Patents-Bill.htm
In a recent audit of .org.au domain names, auDA (the body responsible for .au domain names) found that 4,113 domain names (being 23% of all audited .org.au domain name registrations) did not comply with the eligibility criteria. This included instances where a domain name:
L’Oreal made three key claims against eBay in the proceedings:
For the first time in Australia, the registration of a trade mark has been refused on the ground that the application was made in bad faith. The decision of the Australian Trade Marks Office in Hard Coffee Pty Limited v Hard Coffee Main Beach Pty Limited  ATMO 26 is the first successful opposition pursuant to s 62A of the Trade Marks Act, which applies to all trade marks accepted on or after 23 October 2006, and read
The Australian parody/satire fair dealing defence to copyright infringement was introduced in December 2006 (s 41A of the Copyright Act ). But does anyone really know what it covers? Humour is subjective, and there is a dearth of relevant case law in this country. Of course, the parody/satire defence doesn’t require a piece to be funny per se (although such a requirement could lead to interesting courtroom debates), and the nature of parody implies that the piece must at least be comedic in nature.
The Government has announced a restructure of the Federal Courts system, which will expand the Federal Court’s IP jurisdiction.
The Federal Magistrates’ Court will be merged into the Federal Court and the Family Court, so that all IP disputes will be heard at first instance in the Federal Court. The new Federal Court will have two tiers:
Between July 2005 and May 2006, The Pirate Bay website provided a filesharing service utilising the BitTorrent file transfer protocol. This protocol involves dividing a principal file (eg a MP3 music file) into segments, which can be identified and accessed by locating small “torrent” files containing metadata about the file to be shared and the computer distributing it.
The United Kingdom has launched an initiative where ‘green’ or environmentally friendly technology can be fast-tracked through the patent application process. The scheme was launched on 12 May by UK Minister for IP, David Lammy, in a bid to support inventions that may assist in combating climate change. Under the new scheme, the time for a patent application to progress to grant may be reduced from the usual two to three years to just nine months.