COVID-19 | When a party cannot meet its contract obligations

The current state of play The outbreak of COVID-19 has ushered in extraordinary challenges to the Australian and global business landscape. The Government response and action to COVID-19 continues to evolve on a day-by-day basis, with further restrictions being imposed in a rapid attempt to control the spread of the virus. The restrictions are being introduced at both a State and […]

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Why creative people and organisations need terms and conditions

A recent Federal Court case shows why it’s important for creative people and organisations to develop standard terms and conditions that apply to their services. The case is Hardingham v RP Data Pty Limited [2019] FCA 2075.   Facts Briefly, the facts of the case were: Mr Hardingham is a professional photographer.  He is the […]

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Brexit – where to next for your IP Rights in the EU and UK?

After years of debate, tears and cheers, the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020 received its Royal Assent on 23 January and as of 11pm on 31 January 2020, the UK officially left the EU after 47 years. The UK has now entered a transition period (Transition Period) until 31 December 2020 (Exit Day), where EU […]

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Government response to Digital Platforms Inquiry released

Just in time for Christmas, the Government has publicly released its much anticipated response to the recommendations made under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) final report into the Digital Platforms Inquiry on 26 July 2019. The ACCC’s broad reaching report made 23 recommendations in relation to competition law, consumer protection, media regulation, and […]

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FMCG Express | September Edition

Gadens has brought together a selection of articles from our top lawyers operating across the FMCG sector, to bring you the September edition of the FMCG Express. Covering recent stories such as the Kraft vs Bega dispute, the advertising campaign by Ad Standards and Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation (Australia) Pty Limited v Redbubble Limited [2019] […]

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Doing Business in Australia

The Australian Government welcomes foreign investment. With well-developed infrastructure, a stable political environment, robust economy and easy access to Asia Pacific, Australia is an ideal investment location for foreign companies looking to grow internationally. There are important considerations for foreign investors to make when deciding on how to enter the Australian market. Whether it’s the […]

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Digital platforms inquiry final report released – potentially far reaching privacy impacts for Australian businesses

  Key privacy related points The ACCC supports the introduction of much tougher penalties for privacy law breaches. A direct right of action (and class action) could be introduced for breach of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). The definition of consent could be amended to require express, opt-in consent. There are recommendations to bolster consumers’ […]

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If you have a website, read this: .au direct registration available soon

Second level .au domain names are expected to be available for registration from Q4 2019. Brand owners and current domain name registrants should all consider taking action to secure .au domain names, whether for direct use or for the purpose of preventing third parties from registering domain names that incorporate their brands. In this article, […]

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Intellectual property exception to competition law prohibitions to be removed. Time to review IP dealings for anti-competitive provisions.

Effective from 12 September 2019, the exception to the prohibitions on restrictive trade practices, contained in Part IV the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, for the conditional licensing and assignment of intellectual property will be removed. The impact from this will be that, effective from that date, all transactions involving IP will become subject to competition law prohibitions […]

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IP Safe Harbour Provisions removed from Competition and Consumer Law

On 14 February 2019 after some debate about amendments the Senate passed the bill to remove the intellectual property safe harbour provisions from the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA). All intellectual property arrangements, such as licensing agreements and intellectual property assignments are now subject to the anti-competitive conduct restrictions in the CCA, including the sections in the […]

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Copyright infringement and the innocent infringement defence: The Dempsey Group Pty Ltd v Spotlight Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 2016

The recent Federal Court decision in The Dempsey Group Pty Ltd v Spotlight Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 2016 provides further guidance on what constitutes reproduction of a substantial part of a copyright work, innocent infringement and the circumstances relevant to assessing damages, including additional damages.   Background Dempsey Group operates the Bed Bath N’ Table […]

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Profiles in Privacy | Justin Geri, Ferrier Hodgson

Welcome to the December edition of Profiles in Privacy. In this series we profile prominent players in privacy and data protection in Australia Justin Geri is Director – Forensic IT at Ferrier Hodgson in Melbourne. Justin’s services are in high demand amongst organisations that suffer a cybersecurity breach – or that are trying to avoid […]

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