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World first: Australia says ‘yes’ to AI inventors
Insight 30 Jul 2021

The decision in Thaler v Commissioner of Patents [2021] FCA 879 is the first judicial determination in the world in favour of AI systems being named as inventors of a patent. The availability of patent protection for AI-generated inventions is a vexed and controversial issue. ...

ACCC to scrutinise online marketplaces; Epic Games' case to be heard in Australia; and other developments
Insight 29 Jul 2021

ACCC vs SmileDirectClub for false and misleading statements; Australian Vending Buying Association allowed to collectively negotiate with goods suppliers; Epic Games proceedings against Apple to be heard in Australia; Lorna Jane ordered to pay $5 million in penalties; ACCC to examine online marketplaces; NZCC institutes cartel proceedings against consumer loan provider Moola. ...

Allens advises on world-first ruling in favour of AI systems being named as inventors of a patent
News 30 Jul 2021

Dr Thaler is the inventor of the Device for Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience (DABUS), an AI system which has envisioned inventions entirely of its own accord. Commenting on the landmar ...

Allens acts for Salesforce on obtaining ACCC clearance
News 22 Jul 2021

'We are pleased to have acted for Salesforce in such a significant acquisition. Combining Salesforce and Slack's complementary solutions is expected to enhance the way organisations and people work ...

New motor vehicle service and repair information laws speed through Parliament; and other developments
Insight 24 Jun 2021

Grape Co; new motor vehicle service and repair information laws; Dye & Durham's acquisition of GlobalX; university competition law exemption; digiDirect; Woolworths' acquisition of shares in PFD Food Services ...

No criminal conduct found in Australia's first competition law matter heard by a jury; and other developments
Insight 10 Jun 2021

Country Care criminal cartel conduct case; Mosaic; Honeysuckle Health and nib; Jump swim; and Salesforce Slack merger. ...

Attempted cartel on exhibition in relation to National Gallery tender; ACCC takes a bite of Epic v Apple jurisdiction appeal; no take-off for Qantas/Japan Airlines alliance as ACCC proposes to deny authorisation; and other developments
Insight 27 May 2021

Attempted cartel on exhibition in relation to National Gallery tender; ACCC takes a bite of Epic v Apple jurisdiction appeal; no take-off for Qantas/Japan Airlines alliance as ACCC proposes to deny authorisation; and other developments ...

Nucleus – corporate law developments: ASIC leadership changes and other updates
Insight 26 May 2021

ASIC leadership changes; ASX advises constitution amendments for CHESS replacement, and launches consultation on oil and gas reporting amendments; ACCC teams up with UK and German competition regulators on merger control; Federal Court upholds record diesel emissions penalty ...

Multiple Federal Court rulings on unconscionable conduct and false and misleading representations; and other developments
Insight 14 Jul 2021

Brownes Dairy's non-compliance with Dairy Code; Captain Cook College acted unconscionably; Nine Entertainment Co pays penalties; proposed ACCC authorisation of Country Press Australia collective bargaining agreement; Federal Court orders $1.2 million penalty on Sumo; and Geowash appeal dismissed ...

ACCC not hAPPy with app marketplaces; car rental company pulled over for unconscionable conduct; Garuda proceedings finally touch down; and other developments
Insight 05 May 2021

ACCC not hAPPy with app marketplaces; car rental company pulled over for unconscionable conduct; Garuda proceedings finally touch down; and other developments ...

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