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Employee's or employer's? Apple serves as a reminder of IP ownership in the startup sphere
Insight 28 Feb 2020

In a world of tech start-ups and innovation, securing IP rights has never been so important. The question of 'who owns what?' continues to present issues even to Apple Inc, as employees branch out to capitalise on creativity. Apple's recent claim against a former employee is a timely reminder of the ...

DABUS ignites debate on AI inventorship
Insight 26 Feb 2020

Patent offices in the UK and Europe, UKIPO and EPO have rejected Stephen Thaler's DABUS application naming artificial intelligence as inventors. Both patent offices found that DABUS, being a machine, could hold no rights and could not transfer any rights as the inventor to the applicant as successor ...

Franchisors beware: pecuniary penalties wash Geowash clean
Insight 26 Feb 2020

In the recent Federal Court decision of ACCC v Geowash Pty Ltd (Subject to a Deed of Company Arrangement) (No 4) [2020] FCA 23, Justice Colvin imposed significant pecuniary penalties on a franchisor as well as its sole director and national franchising manager for unfair dealings with franchisees. ...

The house always wins – the latest on Crown Resorts v Zantran
Insight 26 Feb 2020

The Full Federal Court has overturned the trial decision in Crown Resorts Limited v Zantran Pty Limited [2020] FCAFC 1, and cast further light on the enforceability of employee confidentiality agreements in the context of civil litigation. ...

Federal Court decides second round of fencing (patent) duel
Insight 26 Feb 2020

This Insight examines the consequences of a patent dispute concerning a patent for a 'fence plinth'. This dispute highlights some of the key elements of any patent dispute such as how meaning of ordinary terms in the patent must be understood in the context of the whole patent specification. ...

Unlocking the potential in IP assets as collateral for finance
Insight 18 Dec 2019

Companies should seek to make the most of their intangible assets. One way to do this is to use intellectual property assets as collateral to access funding. IP-rich businesses, SMEs and start-ups should keep this potential avenue in mind. ...

Global trends in intellectual property
Insight 18 Dec 2019

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recently published two reports identifying key hotspots for innovation, and key markets for patent, trade mark and design filing. ...

What’s in a name? Famous faces and their famous trade marks
Insight 18 Dec 2019

For a celebrity, your name is your business. It is no surprise then that celebrities will go to great lengths to protect their brand. This is clear from a recent flurry of A-list trade mark activity including by the likes of Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner and Beyoncé. ...

What does Blackbeard have in common with North Carolina?
Insight 18 Dec 2019

They're both pirates! At least, that is video production company Nautilus Production's allegation before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), which has been asked to ponder the copyright in materials relating to Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship belonging to infamous pirate Blackbeard. ...

Computer-implemented business methods and manner of manufacture…where do we stand?
Insight 17 Dec 2019

In Technological Resources Pty Ltd v Tettman [2019] FCA 1889, the Federal Court decisively reversed yet another Australian Patent Office (the APO) decision to reject a patent application on the basis that it was not a 'manner of manufacture'. ...

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