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Publications Nov 08, 2022

New unfair contract term laws in Australia introduce large financial penalties

Significant changes to the unfair contract term provisions in the Australian Consumer Law, including potential financial penalties, will soon apply.

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Publications Nov 18, 2022

Full Court correct in deciding that only humans can invent

High Court confirms that an artificial intelligence system can not be named as an inventor of a patent.

Forest Road
Publications Sep 02, 2022

Don’t lose your IP rights through company deregistration

Gavin Adkins and Emma Mitchell explain why it is so important to transfer the ownership of a company’s IP rights before deregistration.

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Publications Aug 30, 2022

Major changes to unfair contract term laws in Australia are still in play

Draft legislation to strengthen the existing unfair contract term protections in the Australian Consumer Law was recently released.

News May 18, 2022

Kellie Stonier, Gavin Adkins recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2022

Griffith Hack has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide 2022 across multiple categories, with principals Kellie Stonier and Gavin Adkins receiving individual accolades.

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Publications Apr 13, 2022

Reversal of fortune – Full Court decides that an artificial intelligence is not an “inventor”

Anthony Selleck reviews the decision in Commissioner of Patents v Thaler [2022] FCAFC 62 which reverses an earlier ruling that artificial intelligence can be an “inventor” for the purposes of the Australian Patents Act 1990.

Publications Apr 06, 2022

Changes to how influencers can promote therapeutic goods in Australia

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has set out new guidelines that govern how influencers can promote products on social media in return for payment or free products or services from brands.

Publications Mar 24, 2022

The mother of all trade mark fights: Energy Beverages knocked out of the coffee arena

A series of trade marks disputes over coffee products provides important learnings for businesses looking to register trade marks for consumer goods and services.

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Publications Feb 10, 2022

Awkward first dates:
How is patent term extension calculated when a patent covers more than one pharmaceutical substance with regulatory approval?

Bayer Pharma Aktiengesellschaft [2022] APO

Publications Nov 19, 2021

Your Australian patent application has been opposed – what next?

Australia’s pre‑grant opposition proceedings are playing a more significant role in the strategies of patentees and challengers. So what should a patent owner do when faced with an opposition in Australia?

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Publications Oct 15, 2021

Innovation patents: options for challenging problematic cases

What are your options if you identify an innovation patent that affects your freedom to operate?

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Publications Aug 18, 2021

Expert evidence keeps RAFT buoyant in strawman patent opposition

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) v Cytec Industries Inc. [2021] APO 27

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Publications Jul 02, 2021

Guidance on patenting diagnostics in Australia: Ariosa Diagnostics v Sequenom

Federal Court confirms that a non-invasive diagnostic test for prenatal conditions is patentable subject matter in Australia.

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Publications Apr 22, 2021

UPDATE: Confidentiality notices at the end of emails are not (completely) pointless

Nearly three years ago, we reported on a decision of the Australian Designs Office that suggested that the automatically generated ‘Confidentiality Notice’ in the footer to your email may not always be effective.

Publications Feb 19, 2021

The rise of trade secret protections internationally and what it might mean for Australia

There have been several significant developments internationally in trade secret protections in recent years that have arguably increased the risks of misappropriation of trade secrets.

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Publications Dec 21, 2020

Wine export label directory a win for Australian wine brand owners

A new wine export label directory to help Australian wine producers protect their intellectual property rights is expected to commence in April 2021.

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Publications Apr 29, 2020

Sanofi avoid $325M damages claim by Australia’s Commonwealth Government

In a significant decision for the pharmaceutical industry, Justice Nicholas dismissed the Commonwealth of Australia’s compensation claim from Sanofi.

News Feb 07, 2020

Griffith Hack announces the elevation of two team members to principal

Griffith Hack is thrilled to formally announce the elevation of Gavin Adkins and Robyn Heard to principal.

News Jan 29, 2020

Griffith Hack ranked in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 Guide

The recently released Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide for 2020 reconfirms Griffith Hack’s position as Australia’s highest ranked specialist IP firm.

Forest Road
Publications Jan 21, 2020

Dior and the protection of Indigenous Knowledge in Australia’s IP system

We discuss some of the issues surrounding interactions between Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property systems.