Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2012’
As thousands of spectators, media and athletes descend on the Heathrow arrivals hall, and 3,500 soldiers are shipped in to bolster flailing security forces, another group is making its presence known in the nation’s capital. Decked out in their purple caps and tops, they are the one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple brand police.
A multi-million dollar settlement was reached this week for Lynette Rowe, the lead plaintiff in a landmark class action against manufacturers and distributors of the drug thalidomide.
Can a business obtain the registration of a trade mark for services where the mark concerned is also the name of the building from which the services are supplied? This was the central issue for determination in a recent Federal Court decision involving the well-known Q1 building on the Gold Coast.
On 19 July 2012, Justice Reeves decided that this was no reason to prevent Mantra from obtaining a trade mark registration for “Q1” for the hotel and real estate services provided by it from the Q1 building.
Despite recent Supreme Court authority on the issue, a judgment of the US Federal Circuit handed down on 9 July 2012 reveals that the test for patent eligibility is far from settled in the United States.
The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012 has been passed in both Houses and received Royal Assent by the Governor General to amend the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) to create an R18+ category for computer games. This Act also amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to recognise the new category. The Act is due to commence on 1 January 2013.
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Scott Bouvier is a partner specialising in IP in the King & Wood Mallesons Sydney office. He has acted for some of the country’s most interesting clients – from the Sydney Opera House and Andrew Lloyd Webber to CSIRO and University of Sydney.
But who is he really, and what’s his story? We interviewed Scott to find out.
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