Archives for: ‘Energy, resources & projects’

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, [email protected], 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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UPDATE: PPSA commencement deferred to October 2011

In December we discussed the impact of the new Personal Properties Securities Act: see Crosstown Music bitten by partial assignment of copyright. On 13 February 2011, the Council of Australian Governments decided to defer the commencent of the PPSA regime from May 2011 until October 2011.

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Green is still the new black

The increase in “green” marketing claims has continued in recent years across a range of products, from office supplies to household goods and even food.  The heightened concern of consumers about the environment and sustainability has brought these issues to the front of companies’ minds as they seek to advertise and differentiate their products and services.  To put this in context, a May 2008 CHOICE survey of 1

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New guidance on commercial secrets in China

In the wake of the Stern Hu/Rio Tinto case, the Chinese State Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission has released guidance on what constitutes a “commercial secret”.  Mallesons’ Nicolas Groffman examines the implications of this guidance for Australians investing in China here.

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