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Patents system could get shake up in federal government review
Intellectual Property May 27, 2020 1:53 pm By Christine Caulfield

The Morrison government has launched a review of Australia’s patents system aimed at promoting innovation by smaller businesses. The review is part of a suite […]

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AFP won’t lay charges against News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst
Media May 27, 2020 4:53 pm By Christine Caulfield

The Australian Federal Police has dropped its investigation of journalist Annika Smethurst over a series of News Corp articles that allegedly disclosed national security information, […]

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Fuchs appeals ruling for Quaker over patents used at BHP mine
Intellectual Property May 27, 2020 11:07 am By Christine Caulfield

Fuchs Lubricants is contesting a finding that it infringed patents owned by Quaker Chemicals in supplying hydraulic fluid to a BHP Billiton-owned mine. The Australian […]

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Continuous disclosure laws watered down to protect companies, directors from class actions
Class Actions May 25, 2020 9:41 pm By Christine Caulfield

In its latest move aimed at shielding companies from “opportunistic class actions”, the Morrison government has announced a temporary change to the continuous disclosure rules […]

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VW carve-out settlement may become more popular as class action scrutiny heats up
Analysis May 25, 2020 8:24 pm By Christine Caulfield

The settlement arrangement resolving five class actions against Volkswagen, which carved out hefty legal fees from the $120 million payout to drivers, could become more […]

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IOOF follow-on shareholder class action flops
Financial Services May 25, 2020 4:13 pm By Christine Caulfield

Eight months after defeating a case brought by the prudential regulator alleging breaches of superannuation laws, wealth manager IOOF has escaped a class action without […]

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IP Australia shoots down Intuit’s computer software patent
Intellectual Property May 25, 2020 4:44 pm By Christine Caulfield

IP Australia has rejected a patent application by financial software firm Intuit, finding that its invention was not a manner of manufacture and contained “nothing […]

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Baker McKenzie nabs former Norton Rose partner in second defection this month
Intellectual Property May 25, 2020 5:39 pm By Christine Caulfield

Norton Rose Fulbright has lost its second partner this month, with the defection of IP specialist Helen MacPherson to Baker McKenzie. Based in Sydney, MacPherson, […]

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Judge rejects GetSwift’s latest push to delay ASIC trial for a year
Securities May 21, 2020 9:43 pm By Christine Caulfield

Logistics company GetSwift and its directors have failed in a bid for a year-long delay of a trial scheduled to start next month in ASIC’s […]

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Kraft takes trade dress battle with Bega to High Court
Intellectual Property May 21, 2020 11:12 am By Christine Caulfield

US food giant Kraft-Heinz wants the High Court to hear its intellectual property stoush with Bega after twice losing the battle over the right to […]

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