Yearly Archive for: ‘2009’

One more small step towards a trans-Tasman Therapeutic Products Authority?

For the third time this year, the Federal Government has amended the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.  These amendments are mostly aimed at tweaking the administrative structures that apply to the regulation of medicines and chemicals.  More generally, the new changes form part of the Government’s ongoing reform agenda to replace the Therapeutic Goods Administration (the “TGA”) with the proposed “Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Authority”.

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Special leave application in UWA v Gray

An update from an earlier post: an appeal from the decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court in University of Western Australia v Gray may be heard by the High Court, after the University of Western Australia applied for special leave to appeal.

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Second Bite of the Cheesy: ‘New Vegemite’ Named

Vegemite Cheesybite has been announced today as the popular winner (36% of 30,000 votes) of Kraft’s naming competition, after iSnack2.0 bit the dust late last week. The runners up included Vegemite Smooth, Vegemite Vegemate, Vegemite Snackmate.

As we are lawyers, not marketers, we won’t speculate about whether the fate of iSnack2.0 was planned or a response to consumer feedback, nor will we reminisce about other famed about-turns (such as New Coke).

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Uniloc-king the jury verdict

A Judge in the US this week vacated the highly publicised US $388 million jury verdict earlier this year against Microsoft for the alleged infringement of an anti-piracy software activation technology patent owned by Uniloc – a software security company founded by Australian entrepreneur Ric Richardson.

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UK High Court issues injunction over Twitter

In December last year, an Australian court broke new ground by serving court documents on Facebook.  Now, the High Court in the UK has issued its first injunction via Twitter this week.  The Court said the social website and micro-blogging service was the best way to reach an anonymous Tweeter who had been impersonating the plaintiff, Donal Blaney.  Blaney runs a blog called Blaney’s Blarney, and also owns a legal firm called Griffin Law.  However, Blaney does not run the Twitter account “blaneysblarney”, and so sought legal action to prevent the Twitter user from continuin

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Full Federal Court strikes down patent for clopidogrel

The Full Federal Court has confirmed that Sanofi-Aventis’ patent for the drug clopidogrel (brand name Plavix) is invalid and should be revoked.  Subject to the question of whether Sanofi will seek a stay pending an application for leave to appeal to the High Court, the decision clears the way for Apotex and other companies to launch their own brands of clopidogrel, a drug designed to prevent platelet aggregation and blood clots, to compete directly with Sanofi.

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Google’s right to ‘sell’ trade marked keywords: ECJ Advocate General hands down opinion

Back in July, Georgia Douglas blogged on the UK trade mark dispute between the US global flower delivery company, Interflora Inc, and British retail icon Marks & Spencer.  The dispute stemmed from M&S purchasing the Google AdWord “Interflora”, as well as numerous misspellings of that name, for its M&S Flowers Online service.

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iSnack2.0 or “Frank”?

Dean Robbins is the winner of Vegemite’s ‘Name Me’ competition. The new, creamier blend of Vegemite and Kraft cream cheese will be known as iSnack2.0, bringing together Dean’s love of technology and Vegemite.

There were 35,074 entries, of which 16,071 were unique. The – errr – funniest entries according to Kraft were Cheesewax, Goo-dy, Frank, Brownie and Crackermite.

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Fast-tracking patent applications for “green technology”

IP Australia has announced that requests for examination of patents involving green technology may be “fast-tracked”. 

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