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Dossier    December 18, 2015  
All a-twitter

Taxi Council executive sues anti-Uber activist over barrage of tweets … Take 5 magazine sued over “Unfair dinkum” cover and article … More mafia matters from Melbourne … The Wagners sue 2GB, Alan Jones, The Spectator, Nick Cater and the Nine Network … Nine sued over news report … Image search engines Bing and Yahoo targeted by previously successful plaintiff ... more

Dossier    December 17, 2015  
The IP year in review

Test cases, new legislation, final judgments, important treaties and international conferences … Rocco Rinaldo reviews the Australian IP year that was ... more

Dossier    December 15, 2015  
Settlement rush

Settlements in a number of high profile actions … Special leave that needs to be special … Legal eagle news in defamation circles ... more

Dossier    November 25, 2015  
IP news, here and there

New Jersey Circuit Court finds no likeness between a “floating head from outer space” and video game player Billy Mitchell … YouTube initiative to protect videos created under Fair Use exceptions … IP Australia lists what is patentable in genetics ... more

Dossier    October 15, 2015  
IP news

Full bench of the High Court rules against patent for breast and ovarian cancer gene in three separate judgments … Leading copyright enforcement agency gets patent for system to identify infringers … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    September 24, 2015  
Settling old scores

Settlement is in the air … An acquitted murderer, an alleged member of a drug syndicate, a man who was wrongly identified as a drug addict and an armed robber and a former NSW politician settle their differences ... more

Dossier    September 17, 2015  
Criminal defamation

Proceedings (defamation and otherwise) filed by a bikie associate, a murder suspect, a vexatious litigant, a public official, a milk company, a blind woman, a disgraced former politician and a portly Cossack ... more

Dossier    September 14, 2015  
Witness for the prosecution

More unsettling evidence against Tony Abbott … An anonymous witness makes public his affidavit swearing that the prime minister “wall-punched” a female fellow student at Sydney University nearly forty years ago ... more

Dossier    September 10, 2015  
Appealing (and not) developments

NSW Court of Appeal hears submissions over “pleading back” and the contextual truth defence … Newcastle doctor appeals striking out of her five remaining claims … Chinese businesswoman appeals stay of sources disclosure order … Migration agent lodges appeal over the strike out of his claim against the ABC ... more

Dossier    August 6, 2015  
Timely resolutions

High profile settlements involving Lionel Murphy’s “little mate”, a billionaire medical entrepreneur and an Aboriginal bureaucrat … A former NSW deputy premier drops his action and a former NSW treasurer gets a judge alone trial ... more

Dossier    July 29, 2015  
International IP news

Regulation added to UK copyright law quashed … Interesting US copyright judgment on access to law … Twitter joke attracts copyright infringement suit … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    July 24, 2015  
Another suit for Obeid

Investigative journalists in Sydney and Melbourne under fire … Former Macquarie Bank senior executive targets The Herald’s Kate McClymont in his suit over her Obeid book … Alleged head of Melbourne’s mafia takes aim at The Age’s top investigative duo, Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker ... more

Dossier    July 20, 2015  
Rich pickings

Australia’s richest woman on the warpath over House of Hancock TV mini-series … Details of her actions – injurious falsehood, misleading and/or deceptive conduct and privacy – against the Nine Network and production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder ... more

Dossier    July 7, 2015  
International IP news

Patent loss appeal delayed for 20 months by lack of final judgment … “Dancing son” YouTube video take-down case, eight years on … Amazon trademark dispute over search results goes to trial … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    May 26, 2015  
International IP news

Monster suit over Godzilla the movie … Apple v Samsung cold war continues … Google diversification results in automated copyright infringement notices … Rocco Rinaldo reports … more

Dossier    May 18, 2015  
Mining defamation for all it's worth

Fresh actions brought by a former NSW treasurer, a former NSW deputy premier, a former NAB financial planner, an alleged fraudster, a property developer who was called bankrupt, a tailor who was called a gun-runner, a Muslim protester and a Greens councillor ... more

Dossier    May 15, 2015  
Criminal minds

Settlements erupt around the nation, several involving Fairfax Media and claims of criminal activity … Your ABC settles action brought over a Four Corners investigation … High Court refuses special leave over Channel Nine news story … Proceedings against Channel Seven struck out ... more

Dossier    May 12, 2015  
International IP news

Music streaming service ceases in the face of massive damages bill … Google’s new marketplace for patents … Quaint Sussex town receives un-quaint letter of demand … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    April 9, 2015  
IP news, here and there

Implications of the Federal Court’s piracy judgment … Australia’s new injunctive regime for online copyright infringement … Apple Watch in Switzerland (not) ... Flickr’s new licensing models … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    April 2, 2015  
Actions neutralised

A rash of big name settlements has broken out … Media companies do deals with an acquitted murderer, a Supreme Court judge, former politicians (disgraced, and not), a friend of the Obeids and the family of convicted drug runner Schapelle Corby ... more

Dossier    April 1, 2015  
Pryor warning

Former Fairfax journalist sues high-octane Fairfax columnist … Fairfax also served by a former Olympic gold medallist and a man it wrongly identified as a drug addict and an armed robber … ABC sued over Four Corners investigation and Media Watch segment … 2GB’s Ray Hadley sued by a curbside numbers painter ... more

Dossier    March 4, 2015  
High Court affirms ACMA power

Today FM loses High Court appeal over the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s finding it breached its licence when two of its presenters made a prank call to a London hospital which resulted in the suicide of one of its staff … An important ruling affirming the power of the broadcasting watchdog ... more

Dossier    March 4, 2015  
Apologies (and cheques) all round

The Age publishes unprecedented front page apology to a young man it wrongly identified as a “teenage terrorist” ... Six separate defamation claims are averted ... more

Dossier    February 17, 2015  
IP news, here and there

Australian gene patent dispute headed for the High Court … Megaupload programmer pleads guilty to copyright infringement … RapidShare to close after 13 years … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    February 13, 2015  
Shocking shock jock action

Shock jocks from both sides of the country on differing ends of defamation actions … Fairfax under fire in several jurisdictions over crime stories … Seven boss sues ABC … Appeals, settlements, defections ... more

Dossier    February 2, 2015  
On the record

Following the NSW Supreme Court’s lead late last year, media organisations can now record and broadcast judges delivering judgments in the NSW District Court ... more

Dossier    January 29, 2015  
International IP news

US Supreme Court curbs patent appeals court power … Gamer’s streaming service runs into music copyright barrier … Australians urged to pirate R-rated game … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more