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ATO takes aim at ‘reckless’ legal professional privilege claims
Legal Ethics 2022-06-22 10:25 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Taxation Office has finalised its protocol for dealing with claims of legal professional privilege, developed in response to large companies asserting “reckless” privilege […]

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In tossing inventor’s IP challenge, Full Court says essential oil a ‘staple commercial product’
Intellectual Property 2022-05-27 10:41 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The Full Federal Court has rejected an Australian inventor’s appeal of a ruling that found three manufacturers of essential oil products did not infringe his […]

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Labor wins court order for removal of ‘fake’ Greens election signs
Courts 2022-05-20 1:30 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Labor Party has won an emergency court order for the removal of allegedly misleading how-to-vote signs at polling stations in the closely watched […]

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Full Court shoots down Boehringer opposition to Merck Sharp & Dohme’s parasite patent
Intellectual Property 2022-05-19 3:38 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Full Federal Court has rejected German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim’s appeal of ruling that shot down its opposition to Merck Sharp & Dohme’s patent […]

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Trivago hit with $44.7M penalty for ‘highly misleading’ hotel deals
Competition & Consumer Protection 2022-04-22 10:49 am By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has slapped Trivago with $44.7 million in penalties for a “startlingly misleading” rankings system used on its travel comparison website which it reaped […]

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SingTel appeals ATO win over deductions on $14B Optus buy
Tax 2022-04-22 10:11 pm By Christine Caulfield

Telecommunications giant SingTel is challenging a ruling in favour of the Australian Taxation Office’s decision to reject over $894,000 in tax deductions related to its […]

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Judge erred in finding AI can be patent inventor, Full Court says
Intellectual Property 2022-04-14 3:39 pm By Miklos Bolza

The Full Court has overturned a landmark judgment which found artificial intelligence can be named as an inventor on patent applications, in a decision which […]

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Novartis can’t appeal loss of experts in MS drug patent feud with Pharmacor
Intellectual Property 2022-04-07 12:29 pm By Christine Caulfield

The Full Federal Court won’t give Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis the chance to appeal a ruling that threw out three of its four experts in […]

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PwC can’t ‘rout’ documents through ‘postbox’ lawyer to secure privilege, court finds
Tax 2022-04-06 5:52 pm By Miklos Bolza

Advice from non-lawyers “routed” through a legal practitioner at multidisciplinary partnership PricewaterhouseCoopers cannot be shielded under legal professional privilege, the Federal Court has found. Justice […]

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PwC can’t claim privilege over all advice to JBS, judge finds
Tax 2022-03-25 10:57 am By Miklos Bolza

A judge has rejected the Australian Taxation Office’s claim that legal professional privilege does not apply to any communications between PricewaterhouseCoopers and its client, meat […]

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