Archives for: ‘Energy, resources & projects’

8 things you need to do now that Facebook has banned “like-gating”

“Like our page!” is a phrase you see a lot on Facebook.  But following a change to Facebook’s Platform Policy last week, you may not see it as much.  Great news for users, but maybe not-so-great news for those businesses relying on like-gates to gain traction on Facebook.  Here are 8 things that all businesses on Facebook will want to think about now …

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Secret Miners’ Business – Gold and Copper Resources Pty Ltd v Newcrest Operations Ltd

A recent case of the NSW Supreme Court, Gold and Copper Resources Pty Ltd v Newcrest Operations Ltd [2013] NSWSC 281, highlights the importance of being able to prove your own loss or the other party’s profit as a result of a breach of confidence, and how confidentiality agreements interact with the equitable duty of confidence and disclosure to Government …

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Social media compliance not just a worry; now a mandate for C-Suites and Boards

Even if a listed company has no interest in social media, last week’s final release of ASX’s Guidance Note 8 confirms that social media compliance is front and centre for Boards and C-Suites across Australia, whether they like it or not. If listed entities want to keep confidential a pending market sensitive announcement or a close to final market sensitive …

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Today’s update from the High Court – IP special leave applications refused

The High Court today heard special leave applications in two IP cases – however, in both cases Chief Justice French and Justice Gageler declined to grant special leave. The first case was Ucorp’s application for special leave to appeal from the Full Court’s decision regarding an implied licence in respect of the copyright in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Acohs …

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More news from Canberra: amendments to IP laws passed by Senate

You would be forgiven for having missed this news given everything else that was happening in Canberra this week, but the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011 was passed by the Senate on 27 February 2012.  The Bill will now go before the House of Representatives in the autumn sitting and is expected to come into force later this year.

The Bill targets five key areas:

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New R&D Tax Credit passed by Parliament

The long-delayed R&D Tax Credit was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday after clearing the Senate with amendments.  The R&D Tax Credit represents the most significant change to tax innovation policy since the original R&D Tax Concession was introduced in 1986. Check out our alert here.

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Zetco wins patent battle

On Monday, Justice Bennett held that Zetco’s patent for hot water heater valves was valid, and infringed by Austworld Commodities.

The decision provides useful guidance on what is necessary for an anticipating disclosure.  At paragraph 93, her Honour notes that:

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SOLAHART and SOLARHUT: are you confused?

Buying into clean energy solutions is confusing enough from a technology and regulatory point of view but with choices from SOLAR PROSPECT, SOLAR FRONTIER, SOLARPLUS, SOLAR@WORK, eSOLAR, SOLAR RESERVE, FIRST SOLAR, SKYLINE SOLAR, BIG SKY SOLAR, SKYPOWER, JA SOLAR, BP SOLAR and TRINA SOLAR etc where do you start and who does what?!

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Turtle vs Tata “Pacs” a punch

On 14 July 2010, Tata Sons, the intellectual property holding company for the Indian industrial conglomerate the Tata Group, applied for an injunction against Greenpeace India for using its “T within a circle” device in a virtual game on the Greenpeace website.  Tata Sons petitioned for a temporary injunction and damages, arguing that the game, called “Turtle vs Tata”, tarnished their trade mark and defamed their company.  The game contained a Pac-Man style maze where the object of the game was for the turtle characters to defeat the “Tata demons”, the demons of course b

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