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Dossier    December 16, 2013  
The IP year in review

2013 has been a year of change for IP law on a global scale … Rocco Rinaldo reviews the rise of the patent troll, the progress of new IP laws and a landmark High Court decision on the patentability of medical treatments ... more

Dossier    December 12, 2013  
Judgments, judgments, judgments

Fresh from a weighty judge-alone murder trial and a guilty finding, NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum is called upon to decide an array of interlocutory matters ... Including the final act of Chinese businesswoman Helen Liu’s bid to uncover the sources for an Age story ... more

Dossier    November 27, 2013  
The O'Brien Files

Something to crow about … Media lawyer Mark O’Brien files two further proceedings against his old client Fairfax Media … Meanwhile, an interesting missive arrives in the Gazette’s inbox … Former Leighton’s boss Wal King decides to sue over bribery and corruption stories ... more

Dossier    November 26, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Fallout from leaked draft of intellectual property rights chapter … Imminent release of ALRC report on Copyright and the Digital Economy ... US Anti-patent trolling bill update ... more

Dossier    November 13, 2013  
IP news here, and there

IP Australia joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program … Creationistas launch social media campaign for digital natives … US Bill to stop patent trolling ... more

Dossier    November 7, 2013  
Working both sides of Libel Street

Kim Williams lawyers-up against the newspaper his lawyers used to defend … Opera House hissy fit denied … Richard Ackland reports ... more

Dossier    October 22, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Australia’s Innovation Patent System under review … Along with the current Designs System … BitTorrent search engine announces closure in face of litigation … “Podcasting patent” to be tested in suit ... more

Dossier    October 14, 2013  
A murder of legal eagles

Murder most foul, or not? Gordon Wood files defamation proceedings against four media outlets … Octogenarian Melbourne silk sues The Age ... Former Olympic swimmer sues Nine over “conman” claims … Fairfax under fire from property developer, Hells Angels associate and a Sydney lawyer ... more

Dossier    October 10, 2013  
Swings and roundabouts

The small world of Sydney media law … Who’s acting for whom and who’s paying the rent … Conflicts of interests, changes of the guard and interstate interlopers ... more

Dossier    October 9, 2013  
IP news here, and there

New Patents Act for New Zealand … IP protection for technology driven methods clarified … Notorious US patent trolls avoid court, twice ... more

Dossier    September 26, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Pharmaceuticals company tests new IP entitlement amendments … Increased voluntary patent examination requests brings more delays … Spanish government toughens jail terms for piracy ... more

Dossier    August 28, 2013  
IP news here, and there

IPA issues strict new guidelines for opposition proceedings … Aussie record label in legal stoush with Harvard Professor of Law … Innovative projects pulled as gaming fans infringe copyright ... more

Dossier    August 13, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Changes proposed to Australia’s IP laws … Kiwi court supports single Australia/NZ IP market … IT pricing inquiry recommendations … YouTube, copyright and cover bands ... more

Dossier    August 12, 2013  
Stephen Dank v The World

Sports scientist targets Nationwide News and plenty of others … Convicted Holocaust denier aims for The Australian and Greens senator … Liberal Party pollsters’ action over minister’s tweet … Alleged fraudster sues Google … Housing estate action against Seven ... more

Dossier    August 5, 2013  
Punching out the apologies

Pollies punching above their weight … Nationwide News apologises to Barbara Ramjan over claims she lied about Tony Abbott’s alleged “wall-punch” ... Fairfax Media apologises to Belinda Neal over an allegation she punched Anthony Albanese ... more

Dossier    August 1, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Queensland nurses in IP dispute with state government … Pubs and clubs in fees dispute with APRA … Musicians’ online royalties threatened … News-clipping services’ copyright dispute settled ... more

Dossier    July 25, 2013  
Settling old scores

No apology from Liberal powerbroker … Arty Melbourne settlement … Self-represented plaintiffs and other novel actions … Who’s appealing, who’s striking out and who’s been cross-vested ... more

Dossier    July 15, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Plain packaging debate has a dress rehearsal … Amendments to Australia’s IP laws to help Third World … France removes controversial anti-piracy penalty … Microsoft takes on US Department of Homeland Security ... more

Dossier    June 30, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Australian Law reform Commission releases its Copyright and the Digital Economy discussion paper … New patent provisions impact on Australian law … Patent troll to be challenged in US court ... more

Dossier    June 24, 2013  
End of the Six Million Dollar Woman?

Vivienne Dye’s failed actions against the Commonwealth Bank finally fizzle out on the High Court steps … The defamation that just keeps giving – 18 years after an ABC broadcast, self-proclaimed prophet Jeremy Griffith loses another round ... more

Dossier    June 13, 2013  
Judge and (no) jury

The judge and the journalist … The solicitor and the court reporter … The pollie and the shock jock … “Zorba” and the snippet … Justice Nicholas’ last defo list … More fresh hell for Nine and Seven … The appealing Corbys ... more

Dossier    June 13, 2013  
IP news here, and there

“Superman” wins the day … Google updates AdWords policy in Australia … Free trade agreement delayed, again … Final report into compulsory licensing … Obama targets patent trolls ... more

Dossier    June 4, 2013  
Should Google police auto-complete results?

Australian surgeon withdraws US case against Google over “bankrupt” auto-complete results … No similar action in Australia, yet … Leanne O’Donnell reports … more

Dossier    May 28, 2013  
IP news

Plenty of IP action in the US … Supreme Court establishes “international copyright exhaustion” ... Samsung creates US patent office … Report urges crackdown on Chinese IP theft ... more

Dossier    May 12, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Cuba joins challenge to Australia’s plain packaging laws for tobacco products … Australia’s bid to battle piracy stalls … 3D printing rights-holders at risk as technology develops … Irate Californian judge comes down on copyright trolls ... more

Dossier    April 28, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Corby copyright win uncontroversial … New WIPO document … Anti-counterfeiting and piracy conference … China cracks down on online piracy ... more

Dossier    April 23, 2013  
This sporting life

The burgeoning Dank file … Aunty under fire from “drunkard” and “racist” ... Yahoo!7 under attack from Queenslanders … Fairfax story suppressed … All over for a mining magnate, a carbon credit trader and a grieving mother ... more

Dossier    April 16, 2013  
Around the courts

In court with the Corbys … Nun denied higher hearing … Jury for carbon credit “conman” ... The high cost of free speech ... more

Dossier    April 11, 2013  
The perils of journalism - update

Fairfax Media journalists are under siege around the country – even from the media company’s largest shareholder ... more

Dossier    April 11, 2013  
IP news

Indian Supreme Court rules in favour of the country’s massive generic pharmaceuticals industry … Swiss company’s cancer drug patent denied … Dramatic twists and turns in US intellectual property and alleged fraud case … Sebastian Dixon reports ... more

Dossier    April 4, 2013  
Out with the new, in with the old

Plus ca change … After a brief hiatus solicitor Leanne Norman regains all of the Fairfax Media law work ... more

Dossier    March 25, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Appeal over gene patenting decision … Federal Court opens door to generic cholesterol drug ... Apple’s entire catalogue under attack … US to consider shortening copyright terms ... more

Dossier    March 13, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Pharmaceutical patents review update … IP Australia’s new PSO fees … Extra royalties for radio internet streaming … Samsung’s Apple damages slashed ... more

Dossier    March 12, 2013  
Liberal doses of defamation

Election year action for high-flying Liberals … 12 person jury for Kroger … All but settled for a pollie and a judge … High Court steps for journalists’ sources case … Late night Oxford Street action … Abuse at the RSPCA … Trouble at the Balmain Tigers ... more

Dossier    March 12, 2013  
The last of Mr Liu?

Embattled financial whiz Eugene Liu suffers another setback on the way to court for his three-week defamation trial, scheduled to start in June ... more

Dossier    February 25, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Federal Court of Australia rules that human genes are patentable … And that computer-implemented inventions aren’t … High Court rules in favour of Google over liability for links … US Six-Strike policy rolls out … “Batsman” too close to “Batman” ... more

Dossier    February 20, 2013  
The Feds have it

High Court refuses special leave to Minister of Defence Materiel, Michael Kelly … The Federal Court does have jurisdiction to hear defamation matters ... more

Dossier    February 12, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Draft recommendations for compulsory licence patenting … Two Federal Court appeals afoot over patents for computer-related inventions … Obama’s nominees for top patent court … Final Apple v Samsung damages ... more

Dossier    February 7, 2013  
Double trouble at bench and bar

Chief Magistrate takes action over Telegraph pension story … Sydney barrister sues over Lawyers Weekly criminal allegations … ABC under attack from alleged people smuggler and noted Aboriginal activist … Scarlet Pimpernel re-emerges to sue Fairfax … Settlements for Ashurst lawyer and sports journo … Alleged Gold Coast cult leader sues Fairfax … Airservices CEO sues over “high living” claims … Celebrity bookmaker seeks judge alone trial … Award-winning journalists stay out of jail, for now … Fairfax to seek security for costs from US businessman ... more

Dossier    January 30, 2013  
State of contempt

The Supreme Court of Tasmania finds two newspapers guilty of contempt … Editors off the hook .. Publisher pays $30,000 in fines for naming rape victims – twice within in six months ... more

Dossier    January 25, 2013  
IP news here, and there

Australia and New Zealand unitary patent process update … Trans-Pacific free trade agreement proposals could favour US “Big Pharma” ... Columbia University study exposes pirate music buying patterns … Open access activist suicides ... more

Dossier    January 23, 2013  
Western culture

The alleged antics of WA Treasurer, Troy “Sniffer” Buswell, precipitate legal action, this time from the man himself … Defamation proceedings brought by the Perth barrister acquitted of murdering his wife on hold – along with his legal practice ... more