Consultation period commences for China’s new draft cybersecurity law

by Rui Wang (Beijing), Martyn Huckerby, Colin Bailey and Yijia Tu (Shanghai) and Kim O’Connell (Sydney) Foreign companies doing business with Chinese entities or on their own account in China should be aware of the changing landscape for digital information. A Consultation Draft of a New PRC Cyber Security Law was posted on the National People’s Congress website on 6 …

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Next steps after Australia China Free Trade Agreement – how to make the most of the opportunity

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement represents significant opportunities for Australian health and aged care providers. However, it is important to move quickly and strategically to make the most of the opportunities. See our Business Spectator article here for what to do next.    

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Spins a web, anytime, but only pays royalties until the expiry of the patent

It a recent US Supreme Court case involving a patent for a device shooting Spiderman foam ‘webs’ from wrists, Justice Kagan did a (Marvel-ous?) summation of the issue at hand: ‘Patents endow their holders with certain superpowers, but only for a limited time’.

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CJEU gives Guidance on Standard Essential Patents and Injunctions

The Court of Justice of the European Union has today issued its much-anticipated decision in Huawei v ZTE in relation to the question of whether it is an abuse of a dominant position to seek an injunction for infringement of a standards-essential patent (SEP). The Court’s decision largely confirms the approach of Advocate General Wathelet in his Opinion in November …

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Duelling Ukuleles and Sofa Workshops – recent cases highlight advantages of national protection alongside CTM registrations, and the continued importance of passing off

A few weeks ago the UK Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Starbucks HK (not the coffee company) in a passing off case. The UKSC confirmed the fundamental requirement of goodwill in the UK in order to bring such an action in the UK. Mere reputation is not enough. You can see the update from our London team (who acted …

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Generic Health succeeds in invalidating patent for aripiprazole: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd v Generic Health Pty Ltd (No 4) [2015] FCA 634

Generic Health is perhaps a step closer to bringing its generic version of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole to market in Australia after Justice Yates struck down one of Otsuka’s patents for the drug.  Although it’s unclear whether the path has been cleared for the launch of generic aripiprazole, Justice Yates’ decision – which found that key claims of the patent …

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Everything is awesome for the Lego Minifigure

From children’s toys to video games, via blockbuster movies, the Lego minifigure has to be one of the most iconic toys of recent years. Released in its current form in 1978, over 3.7 billion “minifigs” have been produced. Such is the fame of the small plastic articulated figures, you would struggle to find someone in the developed world between the …

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Telco Sector Security Reforms

Authors: Michael Swinson (Partner) and TJ Saw (Solicitor) On 25 June 2015 the Attorney-General and the Minister for Communications released an exposure draft of a new piece of legislation that aims to strengthen the Government’s ability to manage national security risks affecting telecommunications networks. The proposed Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is the latest in a series of …

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“Re-calculating … turn around when possible” – In TomTom decision, clear thinking on “wrong way round” confusion

We’ve devoted a bit of airspace to that hoary old chestnut, reverse (or “wrong way round”) confusion. See our earlier notes on the Glee and Europcar cases (here, here and here). It’s an interesting issue, and it’s also incredibly important in the context of a global economy in which fame can arrive overnight. Given the uncertainties and complexities, it’s a …

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