Yearly Archive for: ‘2009’
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”.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
IP Australia has announced that requests for examination of patents involving green technology may be “fast-tracked”.