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'Oh why' did you copy me? 'Oh I' did no such thing - the UK High Court rules in favour of Ed Sheeran in copyright dispute
Insight 05 May 2022

The UK High Court has ruled in favour of Ed Sheeran in a copyright dispute concerning his hit song 'Shape of You'. The court held that Ed Sheeran had not, deliberately or subconsciously, copied the hook of an earlier song, 'Oh Why'. We consider this fascinating decision in more detail below. ...

Update on computer-implemented inventions
Insight 05 May 2022

Digital technologies are shaping the future. Yet, in Australia, a series of Federal Court and Australia Patent Office decisions have not upheld the patentability of computer-implemented inventions. It's hoped the High Court's Aristocrat decision will provide greater certainty for software and ...

ACCC delivers bitter pill on patent settlement
Insight 05 May 2022

The ACCC proposes to deny authorisation for a patent litigation settlement between Celgene and two generic drug companies. The decision demonstrates a hardening of the ACCC’s views against patent settlements that seek to place restrictions on market participants. ...

Australia clarifies its position on AI inventorship
Insight 20 Apr 2022

Australia has once again grappled with the vexed issue of whether patent protection should be granted for AI-generated inventions. The Full Court's decision means Australia's position on AI inventorship now aligns with that of the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union, which have so far rejected AI inventorship. ...

2022-2023 Budget update – concessional tax rates expanded to agricultural sector and low emissions technology innovations
Insight 12 Apr 2022

In its 2022–23 Budget, the Federal Government announced an expansion of its proposed concessional tax rates to agricultural and low emissions technology innovations. These concessional tax rates for profits derived from eligible intellectual property are known as a 'patent box'. ...

New .au direct domain names available for registration from 24 March 2022
Insight 24 Mar 2022

Further to our last update, new .au direct domain names (eg 'allens.au' instead of 'allens.com.au') have officially launched today. Eligible applicants will have a six month window to apply for priority status to register a .au direct domain name that matches their existing .au domain name. ...

The Aboriginal Flag may have been freed, but certain restrictions on use still apply
Insight 02 Mar 2022

The Australian Government recently acquired the copyright in the Aboriginal Flag and has announced that it is 'freely available for public use'. However, it is not in fact a free-for-all, and there are some important limitations to bear in mind. ...

Austria has united for the Patent Court
Insight 02 Mar 2022

Across Europe, eyes are on the horizon for the United Patent Court (UPC). After years of trials and tribulations, Austria has finally fully ratified the Protocol on the Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement, effective 19 January 2022. The UPC can now begin its preparatory phase. ...

Access allowed: exposure draft released for latest copyright reform bill
Insight 02 Mar 2022

On 21 December 2021, the Australian Government released an Exposure Draft of the Copyright Amendment (Access Reform) Bill and an accompanying Discussion Paper. This represents the final package of the government's copyright reforms in response to the 2016 Intellectual Property Arrangements inquiry b ...

Milk products, hashtags and the metaverse: the latest trade mark updates
Insight 02 Mar 2022

Over the past few months, the Federal Court and Federal Circuit and Family Court have handed down some important and interesting trade mark decisions concluding: ...