Whether a start–up or a listed ASX company, your business opportunities are increasingly on–line and/or overseas. At last count over 80 countries have adopted data privacy laws and Australia’s new Australian Privacy...more
In its latest step to reduce the perceived harm that might be inflicted on children by simulated gambling, the South Australian Government has commenced an advertising campaign, featuring a billboard with an image of a young...more
The recent Australian opposition decision of Merial Limited v Zoetis LLC  APO 59 highlights the differences between the Australian and New Zealand patent offices in the construction of “kit” claims in relation to the...more
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who was first elected to the Senate on the back of an anti-poker machine campaign, has accused the Coalition Government of being captive to vested interests in the pokies industry. Senator...more
Sometimes a property developer will allow the purchaser to settle without receiving the full balance of the purchase price because the purchaser is unable to obtain adequate financing to complete a settlement. The shortfall...more
We recently reported on the New South Wales Supreme Court’s decision in Attwells v Jackson Lalic  NSWSC 1510 in which the Court declined to strike out a claim against a solicitor on the grounds of immunity from suit....more
An employee may want to record a conversation in the workplace for any number of reasons. They might think their manager is trying to set them up to get them into trouble. They might be trying to catch out alleged bullying or...more
The new Australian Privacy Principles attempt to keep pace with changing technology, emerging privacy issues and developments in privacy law in Australia and internationally.
This "Toolbox" will help you prepare for...more
The line between conduct that may be said to have taken place within or outside the workplace is often quite blurry. While the conduct of an employee in any part of their life has the potential to affect the reputation of...more
For many years, there has been an assumption that methods of medical treatment are patentable under Australian law, but this has never actually been tested at the highest judicial level.
In recent weeks, the Australian Coalition Government has continued to take steps to implement its “policy to help problem gamblers.”
The Coalition’s proposed Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013...more
On 6 December 2013, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an appeal by Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post) and upheld the primary judge's decision that "DIGITAL POST AUSTRALIA" is not...more
The changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including the introduction of the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), significantly increase the obligations imposed on an offshore parent or related entity that collects or...more
In recent months, the Australian federal Treasury has come under intense pressure from local retailers and state treasures to extend the Australian goods and services tax (GST) to overseas-purchased goods and services. On 27...more
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth) (Act), which establishes a new public interest disclosure scheme for the Commonwealth public sector, comes into force on 15 January 2014.
By then, Commonwealth agencies...more
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week expressed the need for industry guidance to ensure greater consumer protection by the “app” games industry....more
..Increase in penalties for non-compliance
-On 12 March 2014 substantial amendments to the Privacy Act come into effect. The new laws are backed by a significant increase in penalties for...more
Many companies doing business in Australia have been caught unaware of an impending impactof the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). In considering the effect of the PPSA on your business, it is critical that...more
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced that its new $43.7 million next generation market surveillance system has become operational. The system, known as Market Analysis Intelligence (MAI),...more
In This Issue:
- Excerpt from Reports:
Australia. Department of Health & Ageing Media releases -
5 December 2013 - Recognising our volunteers. Minister for...more
Data exclusivity is a term that refers to the period in which data supplied by the first applicant to register a pharmaceutical product cannot be used by a subsequent applicant to register an equivalent product. As this data...more
While it is common for a liquidator of corporate tenants to disclaim a lease, the case of Willmott Growers Group Inc v Willmott Forests Limited (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation) HCA 51 explores the...more
If an applicant for a patent has misled the Commissioner in a material respect in the course of procedures which led to the grant of the patent, he should not have the benefit of his misleading conduct.
It is clear...more
The High Court of Australia yesterday issued its long awaited decision in a dispute between Apotex Pty Ltd (Apotex) and Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd and related entities (collectively, Sanofi) concerning Sanofi's...more
ON 4 DECEMBER 2013, THE HIGH COURT JUDGMENT IN APOTEX PTY LTD V SANOFI-AVENTIS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD & ORS  HCA 50 WAS DELIVERED. THIS IS THE FIRST OCCASION THAT THE HIGH COURT HAS CONSIDERED WHETHER METHODS OF MEDICAL...more