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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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  FCAFC 62 which reverses an earlier ruling that artificial intelligence can be an “inventor” for the purposes of the Australian Patents Act 1990.
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.
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.
Awkward first dates:
How is patent term extension calculated when a patent covers more than one pharmaceutical substance with regulatory approval?
Bayer Pharma Aktiengesellschaft  APO
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?
Innovation patents: options for challenging problematic cases
What are your options if you identify an innovation patent that affects your freedom to operate?
Expert evidence keeps RAFT buoyant in strawman patent opposition
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) v Cytec Industries Inc.  APO 27
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.