Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2014’

Isolated genes patentable: Cancer Voices Australia v Myriad Genetics

BREAKING NEWS: Full Federal Court finds that isolated genetic material is patentable subject matter as an artificially created state of affairs.

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Serious Invasions of Privacy – a new Cause of Action in Australia?

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its final report on “Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era” (Report) yesterday, setting out the detailed legal design of a statutory civil cause of action for serious invasions of privacy.  In a report commissioned by the Gillard government in 2013, the ALRC recommends that the cause of action be enacted in …

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: a warning against “disreputable” licence fees

Klinger, a Sherlock Holmes expert and co-editor of an anthology inspired by Sherlock Holmes, has been praised for performing a “public service” in fighting the Conan Doyle Estate (the Estate) for the right to use characters taken from Sherlock Holmes stories published before 1923.  At the same time, Judge Posner issued a strong warning to the Estate for its business …

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High Court to decide whether regulator can determine if a broadcasting service has been used in the commission of an offence

The legal consequences of the prank call made in December 2012 in which Australian radio announcers called a hospital in London pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles asking after the health of the Duchess of Cambridge are still to be determined. On 15 August 2014 the High Court of Australia decided that it would grant special leave …

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