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Dossier    December 18, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Star Wars fans fret over Disney takeover … European Union unifies patent system … Patent trolls succeed in claiming Apple iPhone breaches ... Chinese patent office now world leader ... more

Dossier    December 17, 2012  
With apologies (again) Alan Jones

Alan Jones apologises seven years after vilifying broadcast … Sports journo sues over gambling story … Former union secretary sues over “bagman” allegations … “Boarding house of death” operators missing in action … Kazal brothers quit while behind … Former political candidate sues over Facebook comments … Vascular surgeons in bloody dispute … Osteopath sues his former employer … and vice versa ... more

Dossier    December 10, 2012  
IP news here, and there

TGA recommends changes to drug packaging … Leaked FTA draft proposes tougher copyright regime … Key Apple patent invalid … HTC-Apple deal revealed … Human genes under patent microscope ... more

Dossier    December 3, 2012  
The politics of defamation

Let the stoush begin … The woman who claimed Tony Abbott physically intimidated her at university 35 years ago launches defamation proceedings against Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger … Alan Jones off the hook ... more

Dossier    November 26, 2012  
IP news here, and there

High Court refuses Optus special leave over footy broadcasts … Federal Court upholds “grey goods” restrictions … Free software movement founder speaks out … US patent chief disagrees … US Republicans confused ... more

Dossier    November 23, 2012  
Sins of the father - revisited

Corbys on a litigation high … Paul Howes sued by estranged stepfather … Sacked Star Casino manager sues The Sydney Morning Herald ... So does pudgy PI Frank Monte … Boarding house owners take on The Daily Telegraph ... Underbelly writers targeted again … Prison officers proceed against the ABC … Fairfax apologises to Lachlan Murdoch … Franciscan nun seeks special leave ... more

Dossier    November 12, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Australian universities question changes to Defence Trade Controls Bill ... Key changes to Trade Marks Act ... New government IP report to drive innovation … Movie industry fallout after US election … Patent licensing firm win against Apple … Corrections order for Apple … Pfizer loses Canadian patent for Viagra ... more

Dossier    October 31, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Innovation Patents review update … Chinese telco boss attempts to assuage security fears … More skirmishes in Apple v Samsung war … Tablets excluded from US digital copyright exemptions … Six-strike Copyright Alert System details … Germany’s Pirate Party all at sea ... more

Dossier    October 19, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Justice Heydon waxes lyrical in plain packaging judgment … Honduras complains … IP Australia to review drug patent law … Google Books settles with publishers … Libraries unscathed … Lime Wire sued … Apple iPad appeal dismissed … Cloud copying levies up in the air … Japan criminalises unauthorised downloads … Tic Tacs box not a trademark ... more

Dossier    October 10, 2012  
Journalistic ethics 101

Cash for Comment – or a free ticket for a favourable article – is alive and well at one of the nation’s leading schools of journalism, UTS ... more

Dossier    October 9, 2012  
High stakes

Freedom of speech at stake in two recent High Court hearings … Adelaide street preachers challenge council bylaw prohibiting “preaching”, “canvassing” or “haranguing” ... Radical Muslim cleric challenges criminal law under which he was charged with sending “offensive” material through the post ... more

Dossier    October 4, 2012  
Sorry state of affairs

Saying sorry – Alan Jones and Jonathan Holmes … Freedom of Information stoush over bureaucratic stuff up … Waterhouse junior enters litigation stakes … Ex-copper sues over pulped book … Channel Seven journalist sues over child sex allegations … Humphrey B. Bear’s owner sues over threat-to-kill allegations … NRL commentator settles with Ray Hadley … NSW A-G in settlement negotiations … Vivienne Dye’s last hurrah ... more

Dossier    September 21, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Full Federal Court to hear commercial premises trade mark case … Sydney man fined for set-top box hacking … French copyright enforcement agency wins its first case … French broadcaster wins damages from hosting entity … Dutch blogsite link infringed nude pictures copyright … Apple v Samsung developments … Jetstar claims “jump” on Toyota ... more

Dossier    September 14, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Optus refused special leave … Paul’s Retail appeal fails … Another copyright win for G-Star … Mr Whippy in a lather over George Calombaris dessert … Mixcloud founder rails against EU rules … French copyright agency’s poor results … Former German first lady sues Google in defamation … Indian publisher offers mastheads as security ... more

Dossier    September 10, 2012  
IP news here, and there

More Federal Court patent wars … NZ prosecutes “three strikes” policy … Apple wins \$US600 million copyright appeal … Louboutin’s red sole deemed a trade mark … TPP under fire from NGOs … Bruce Willis and the (false) iTunes story … The “comic novelette” as legal submission … US One Direction about face ... more

Dossier    September 3, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Another Federal Court trademark infringement … Remuneration rate set for multi-channels … Sydney Uni students caught copying textbooks … Australian Winnebago to appeal … Apple seeks ban on eight Samsung products … Kanye West defends song copyright with a little help from Nietzsche … Mitt Romney’s campaign in trouble over use of songs ... more

Dossier    August 23, 2012  
Defamation dogfight continues

A dog of a case … Former diplomat’s appeal … Property billionaire sues Greens councillor … Former Tamworth cop sues NBN News … Settlements for 2GB, Fairfax and the ABC … ASIC not so privileged ... more

Dossier    August 20, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Two interesting Federal Magistrates Court decisions on copyright … US court finds isolated human genes patentable … Australian decision pending … Google responds to copyright removal notices … Four year jail term for UK file sharer … IKEA reveals the worth of its trade mark ... Publication of pop singer’s marriage photos without consent not fair use ... more

Dossier    August 12, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Federal Court bins Australian’s Winnebago registration … Company Facebook pages deemed responsible for advertising code breaches … GM giant Monsanto reaps giant patent damages … myVidster not guilty of copyright infringement … Another reality game stoush … US Cybersecurity Act gets the thumbs down … Blanket order on Bollywood film … From North Face to Butt Face ... more

Dossier    July 29, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Copyright decision on educational questionnaire … Apple and Samsung start Federal Court stoush … US jury kerfuffle in Samsung case … Internet Defence League launches with “cat signal” ... NZ’s three-strikes copyright infringement stats … Russia re-claims vodka trademarks … “Nice” cease & desist letter goes viral … Kim Dotcom compares himself to Martin Luther King ... more

Dossier    July 16, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Shoe retailer back on the front foot … Hepburn Springs bath owner refused spa registration… Productivity Commission to investigate patent licensing … Samsung not as cool as Apple … Re-sale of downloaded software decision … European Parliament kills off ACTA … Def Leppard take on Universal by re-recording old hits ... more

Dossier    July 9, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Google gets special leave … ACTA not transparent enough … TPP under scrutiny in the US … Decisive royalties win for Eminem and other recording artists … Tetris clone infringed copyright …Universal’s “pre-emption” defence fails …European patent deal compromise … NatWest (the person) victim of NatWest (the bank) computer error … Holocaust author’s works to become available ... more

Dossier    June 28, 2012  
Fairfax's expensive restaurant bill

Food review leaves bad taste for Fairfax … Magistrate O’Shane claims judicial immunity … Alan Jones pinged for broadcasting inaccuracies … Ray Hadley in the firing line … New actions involving rogue dumpers, nasty neighbours, shonky sesame seeds, bad baby products, appalling police officers, illegal drugs ... more

Dossier    June 22, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Two Federal Court decisions of great import … The difference between granola and muesli … Beauty salons get $50,000 damages bill for playing unlicensed music … Kraft at war with Mars … The great internet name rush … South African king issues “authentic” clan trade mark ... more

Dossier    June 8, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Foxtel royalty decision … Small beer wars in Brunswick … California’s resale royalties law unconstitutional … Authors can bring class action against Google Books … Latest in Megaupload wrangle … “Cheech and Chong” test for Apple/Samsung battle … EU rejects ACTA … Good news for app developers ... more

Dossier    June 4, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Swisse Vitamins denied procedural fairness … New US fair use guidelines for universities … Another blow for Oracle … YouTube win against French broadcaster … Google puts a figure on URL removal requests … And fights another domain name battle … US basketball player wins copyright over use of his own name … Olympic Committee’s florist crackdown … more

Dossier    May 28, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Drug company gets 10 year extension … ACCC saves artists’ costs … Apple loses appeal against Samsung … Results of the 2011 Global Software Piracy Survey … US lags in copyright enforcement plan … US Supreme Court refuses to hear file sharer’s case … No patent infringment by Google … Chef seeks patent over steak … Granny in Olympic trade mark stoush ... more

Dossier    May 13, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Optus to appeal TV Now decision … Injunction granted over text threat to breach copyright … Sydney artist sues Madonna over perfume logo … Unlocking geo-blocked sites … Google v Oracle saga continues … New York judge criticises use of IP addresses in mass actions … Chinese company loses case over iPad trade mark … ACTA likely to go the same way as SOPA … First file-sharing church wedding ... more

Dossier    May 7, 2012  
IP news here, and there

A dearth of copyright proposals in Convergence Review … UK orders ISPs to block infamous file-sharing site … Italy fails to protect copyright over the internet … Titantic 3-D producer in copyright tussle with Picasso estate … 92 year-old defies MPAA to copy Hollywood movies ... more

Dossier    May 4, 2012  
The ABC of defamation

Action and settlements at the ABC … The defamation that refuses to Dye … Magistrate Pat O’Shane goes for Alan Jones … 2GB compelled to reveal advertisers on air … Kings Cross nightclub owner sues Fairfax … Fairfax settles with taxi tsar ... more

Dossier    April 30, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Object lesson in cross-examination from the Federal Court … High Court Greek lesson for tobacco counsel … European trade mark bodies unite against plain packaging … German court holds YouTube liable for copyright infringement … Kenya High Court puts health before IP rights … US court finds intellectual property can’t be “stolen” ... Russian wrangle over beard trademark ... more

Dossier    April 23, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Huge High Court victory for iiNet … No injunctive relief for Australia Post … Swedish court orders disclosure of personal info … Magicians fight over trick … Mixed result for MegaUpload … Google and Oracle in landmark copyright battle … Two One Directions, one too many ... more

Dossier    April 16, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Greg Norman’s “shark mark” holds court … CSIRO settles US WLAN litigation … Nokia applies for “vibrating tattoo” patent … Latest round in YouTube v Viacom saga … myVidster injuncted over gay porn site … French law cuts internet piracy in half … Hyundai loses case over Louis Vuitton basketball ad … Austrian Easter bunny litigation goes Lindt’s way ... more

Dossier    April 2, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Musicians’ royalties not “unconstitutional” ... Draft terms of reference for review of digital exceptions to copyright … Apple under fire over iPad compatibility … No copying Bauhaus in Europe … Downloaders sidestep Sinde law … Ben Dover Productions wins porn robbers case … British Glee Club sues Twentieth Century Fox … Toto takes on Sony … Class action against Apple’s Siri ... more

Dossier    March 26, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Aboriginal artist gets Australian Federal Court payout from US filmmaker … VIVO infringes TiVo … Gene patenting legislation sails through … More on plain packaging, open copyright, Pi and the imminent launch of a fleet of airborne servers ... more

Dossier    March 19, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Federal Court affirms copyright for automated documents … AFL boss off the misleading and deceptive conduct hook … Melbourne Football Club logo intact … UK court rules on intellectual property in phone-hacking case …Mein Kampf still protected by Bavarian copyright …Hacktivists mount digital civil disobedience …Re-education for serial illegal downloaders ... Cease-and-desist for Justin Bieber game ... more

Dossier    March 15, 2012  
High and dry

Two significant media matters refused special leave … Billionaire mining mogul Gina Rinehart loses her bid to keep details of an ugly family feud secret … Former Serbian paramilitary commander Captain Dragan given his marching orders (back to Parklea) ... more

Dossier    March 1, 2012  
Around the nation

No fee, no jury in NRL “Cougar” action against 2UE … Justice Henric Nicholas refuses to deny The Age its contextual truth defence … Defamation proceedings brought by the AMA in WA struck out (almost) ... Accuseds’ suppression order application refused … Man who sued the wrong newspaper loses bid to amend ... more

Dossier    February 27, 2012  
Ssssh! Order in the court

Suppression orders body count in the NSW Supreme Court … Former Kings Cross policewoman on the defamation warpath again … High Court barb for Guy Reynolds SC … More from wrongly identified “hate blogger” ... Media moves … Fresh actions, appeals and settlements ... more

Dossier    February 26, 2012  
IP news here, and there

Federal Court approves online music simulcasting … Rapper “Pitbull” sues WA DJ … Optus TV Now seeks to injunct AFL boss Demetriou … Cancer genes patent in court … Dutch consider copyright “remix exemption” ... Pirate Bay website to be blocked … Google attacked over file-sharing … Californian legal action over student note-sharing … Madonna/porn movie pickle ... more

Dossier    February 15, 2012  
IP news here, and there

IP news from around the globe … Federal Court trade mark win for Botox … Pornographic video file-sharer claims 19th century copyright protection … New Yorker arrested over copyright infringement … Channel Islands to introduce registrable image rights … Beyonce to register her baby’s name as a trade mark ... more

Dossier    February 6, 2012  
IP news here, and there

All the latest IP news … Optus TV Now decision … Win, but no damages for G-Star … Copyright Tribunal to hear Screenrights royalties application …. Albanese caught out stealing script … Gingrich sued over pump up campaign tune … Obama stops short of opposing SOPA ... more

Dossier    January 23, 2012  
Last year's news...

It was a big year for media and the law. Rupert Murdoch’s tacky tabloid, News of the World, closed after revelations of widespread phone hacking. The UK government released a draft Libel Reform Bill. Australia came closer to a tort of privacy, defamation trials dwindled, documentary cameras entered Australian criminal courts and everyone had something to say about the uniform Defamation Act ... more