Category Archive for: ‘Technology’

Cyber resilience health check

Data breaches and cybercrime are regularly occurring in Australia.  PricewaterhouseCooper’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, which surveyed more than 9,700 security, IT and business executives stated that the total number of cybersecurity incidents in 2014 was 42.8 million – an increase of 48% from 2013. ASIC, APRA and the Office of the Australian Information Commission have all signalled …

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What’s in a name? (Try to) Keep up with the Kardashians

Here at IP Whiteboard, we learnt the power of a celebrity name when one of our posts got roughly 20 times more hits than we expected (and crashed the site in the process). Why? While we like to think the combination of on-trend pop culture knowledge and cutting edge legal analysis really drew readers in, ultimately it was the celebrity …

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The Harper Review (IP Update)

We previously reported on the Competition Policy Review Panel’s Draft Report on the effectiveness of Australia’s current competition laws and policy (see our earlier post here). As well as competition issues, the review also examined the impact of the intellectual property regime on innovation, trade and competition policy. Yesterday, the Panel released its Final Report (which can be accessed here). …

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Immigration removals delayed pending assessment of data breach

The Immigration department’s well publicised 2014 data security breach continues to cause difficulties for the Department.  In late January and mid February the courts have issued interlocutory injunctions preventing the removal from Australia of certain asylum seekers pending the outcome of administrative law challenges to decisions to refuse refugee status, based on the Department’s consideration of the impact of the …

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Can a business stop an ex-employee from listing it as a former employer on LinkedIn?

And yes, this is a serious question.

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Are your LinkedIn connections trade secrets?

Wait, what?

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Preliminary discovery and arbitration

Ordinarily, an arbitral tribunal does not have power to order preliminary discovery of documents that would allow a prospective plaintiff to evaluate whether or not sufficient evidence exists to commence a claim. This was one of the findings of the Supreme Court of NSW in a recent case in which a company suspected that a number of its former senior managers and consultants had misused the company’s confidential information or infringed its IP rights.

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