Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2011’

Important Federal Court decision clarifying the test for novelty

Further to our earlier post in relation to the Federal Court’s decision to revoke a patent claiming “substantially pure” fexofenadine, a compound which was disclosed in prior Australian and US patents, Justice Jessup’s decision provides useful clarification in relation to the test for novelty.
 

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Doh! We need another tag line for our edible dough

US toy titan, Hasbro has successfully sued German company, 123 Nahrmittel (“Nahrmittel”) and its UK distributor for trade mark infringement and passing off in respect of their use of the tag line “The edible play dough!” (“Tag line”) to describe their product “Yummy Dough.”

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Australia and New Zealand move one step closer to a single patent examination system

On 16 February 2011, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys made a joint announcement regarding the integration of the patent examination procedures in Australia and New Zealand.  The announcement is a key part of the Trans Tasman Single Economic Market concept, one component of which is the integration of the intellectual property systems of the two countries to provide:

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Full Federal Court confirms the decision by Justice Cowdroy in Roadshow Films & Others v. iiNet

Today, the Full Federal Court has confirmed the landmark copyright decision of Justice Cowdroy in the case of Roadshow Films & Others v. iiNet on appeal, determining that internet service providers are not liable for the copyright infringement of their users or subscribers when they download cinematograph films in a manner which infringes copyright.
 
Watch this space for updates on the reasons for decision delivered by Justice Emmett, Justice Jagot and Justice Nicholas.
 

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Second shot at gene patent amendment bill

Further to our post on 2 December 2010 updating you on the introduction to the Senate of the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 (Senate Bill), a private members bill, the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 (Bill), was introduced to the House of Representatives last Monday.  The Bill, which is in su

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‘Copyright in a chrysanthemum?’

Make no mistake about it: Chapman Kelley is an artist.  He studied art at university for a combined total of 15 years.  He has held scores of exhibitions; the first of which opened to sell-out audiences in 1963.  Over the last quarter of a century, Kelley has been interviewed and has featured on radio and television broadcasts around the world.

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Howzat?! Ambush marketers “caught behind” by well-drafted, far-reaching contracts

Last year we blogged on ambush marketing at the 2010 Soccer World Cup.  With the ‘cricket equivalent’ kicking off a few days ago, it’s interesting to see that the ‘ambush marketers’ are at it again.

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Rihanna’s raunchy “S+M” music video causes a stir, in more ways than one

LaChapelle’s main claim appears to be that parts of Rihanna’s “S+M” music video were copied from a number of his photographs.  The photos, which do not feature Rihanna, resemble certain elements in Rihanna’s music video.  The “S+M” title of the video, which is by no means accidental, refers to its sexualised, fetished nature.  This is relevant for reasons discussed below.

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Ugg Boot making septuagenarian thrown in jail, released on appeal

74 years old.  Unblemished record.  Suffering from atrial fibrillation, prostatomegaly, gastritis, stress, anxiety, depression, poor memory, impaired sense of smell, impaired hearing and tinnitus.  Sentenced to 18 months imprisonment … for manufacturing Ugg Boots.

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