Da ALDI Code: ALDI and the new Grocery Code of Conduct

The Australian Food and Grocery Council and Australia’s two largest supermarket retailers, Coles and Woolworths, have reached agreement on the terms of a new Food and Grocery Prescribed Industry Code of Conduct (the “Code”).  ALDI has thus far refused to sign up to the Code. The new voluntary Code covers several aspects of supermarket regulation including Grocery Supply Agreements and …

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IP Whiteboard editors published in e-commerce law reports

In a case which carries a warning for Australian government employees, the Federal Circuit court confirmed earlier this year, in Banerji v Bowles, that a public servant may be dismissed for criticising government policies on Twitter, even though her profile was anonymous. Natalie Hickey and Samantha McHugh, from our editorial committee, have written an article about this case, published in …

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“Sue me”: Bob Jane restrained from using his name to sell tyres, wheels and car accessories

The renowned “king of tyres”, Bob Jane, has been restrained by the Federal Court from using his own name to sell tyres, wheels, batteries and other accessories for cars.  The former racing identity, who founded the well-known tyre and wheel business Bob Jane T-Marts, has been at the centre of a very public and bitter family dispute.  Jane has faced …

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ACCC releases best practice guide about online reviews – for businesses and review platforms

On Tuesday, the ACCC released best practice guidelines about online reviews for businesses and review platforms. The Guidelines provide detailed practical examples, making clear the types of conduct the ACCC views as potentially misleading. It should be considered by any companies which host online reviews on their own sites, or rely on customer testimonials or reviews, whether on their own …

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High Court decides important issues relating to patentability of methods of medical treatment, and contributory infringement of pharmaceutical patents

Further to our earlier “Breaking News” post, the High Court has handed down a much anticipated decision in Apotex v Sanofi-Aventis. The decision is important because it definitely determines that methods of medical treatment of human beings are patentable subject matter within the meaning of s18(1) of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth). Further, in circumstances where a pharmaceutical product has …

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Breaking News – High Court hands down important decision in relation to infringement of pharmaceutical patents

A few hours ago, the High Court handed down its long awaited decision in Apotex v Sanofi. While the High Court confirmed that methods of medical treatment of the human body are patentable inventions within the meaning of s18(1) of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth), it found that Apotex did not infringe Sanofi’s patent relating to the use of leflunomide to …

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Wikileaks releases highly anticipated IP Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Adding to what was already going to be a big month for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”), Wikileaks recently published a draft of the controversial Intellectual Property Chapter (“IP Chapter”). Arguably “the most significant international commercial agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995”, the TPP is a treaty which aims to establish a free trade zone …

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Naming Your Race Horse – Like registering a trade mark? Well, not quite

The annual Spring Racing Carnival and running of the Melbourne Cup, can often lead to more than a sore head and fistfuls of losing betting slips.  Inspired by the (admittedly rare) example of a $4000 horse winning a Group 1 race, you too might have recently acquired a small stake in a new race horse.  Now, it is time to …

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Tom Cruise proves Risky Business for gossip mags

In late 2012, Life & Style and In Touch magazines published headlines indicating Tom Cruise had abandoned his daughter Suri. Most people might dismiss such articles as minority reports. However, Cruise has filed a Complaint in the District Court of California for defamation and invasion of privacy. He’s asking that the publisher of the magazines show him the money, to …

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