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Can artificial intelligence own a patent?
Insight 24 Oct 2019

A team at the University of Surrey has filed two patent applications created autonomously by artificial intelligence. This is prompting legal authorities in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe to consider the boundaries of patent law and decide whether artificial intelligence machines can be named as inventors and owners of patents. ...

IP Australia moves towards protecting Indigenous knowledge
Insight 24 Oct 2019

IP Australia has released a report summarising stakeholder feedback on how Australia's IP system can be improved to protect and promote the integrity of Indigenous Knowledge ( IK ). Although legal ...

A change is gonna come: new .au domain name licensing rules
Insight 24 Oct 2019

Recently, au Domain Administration Ltd, the administrator and self-regulatory policy body for the .au country-code Top Level Domains ( ccTLD ), released its draft Licensing Rules. In particular, th ...

Ultra Tune's small victory in Franchising Code case
Insight 24 Oct 2019

Earlier this year, InIP reported on a case brought by the ACCC alleging various breaches of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes – Franchising) Regulation 2014 (Franchising Code). Ultra Tune Australia Pty Ltd (Ultra Tune) was found to have committed numerous breaches of the Franchising Code. ...

Fonterra v Vitasoy: Turns out you really can grow milk
Insight 24 Oct 2019

The Registrar's recent decision in Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited v Vitasoy International Singapore Pte Ltd [2019] ATMO 137 caught our eye here at Allens. 'Vores and Veggies alike were surpris ...

IPONZ fee changes – how you can save on patent and trade mark fees
Insight 24 Oct 2019

On 13 February 2020, official patent fees will significantly increase in New Zealand, while certain trade mark fees are set to decrease. Associate Claire Gregg outlines the new fee structure and potential ways to save. ...

Parmesan by any other name: geographical indications loom large for Australian businesses
Insight 24 Oct 2019

Australian businesses may have to change the names of a range of food, drinks and agricultural products after the EU asked Australia to protect a list of hundreds of names under the proposed ...

What does patentable subject matter Encompass for computer-implemented inventions in Australia?
Insight 24 Oct 2019

In a highly anticipated decision, the Full Bench of the Australian Federal Court recently dismissed the appeal in Encompass Corporation v InfoTrack. Despite the opportunity to clarify the scope of patentability of computer-implemented inventions, the question of what encompasses patentable subject matter remains open. ...

Would parmesan by any other name smell as sweet?
Insight 24 Sep 2019

The deadline is approaching to lodge an objection to the proposed geographical indications in the Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement. The very high level of protection the EU is seeking for the list ...

The Full Federal Court dismisses the appeal in Encompass Corporation v InfoTrack
Insight 20 Sep 2019

On 13 September, the Full Bench of the Australian Federal Court dismissed the appeal in Encompass Corporation v InfoTrack 1 , confirming that 'computer-implementation' is insufficient to provide ...

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