Recent Blogs

Matter Technology Limited v Mrakas [2018] NSWSC 507 A recent decision offers a timely reminder of the importance of having written employment agreements that set out who owns the IP in technology companies.  Any update required can be rolled up into the next performance review. In this case the business of the technology company, Matter, […]

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Much has been written about computational law and blockchain recently. In short, computational law has been described as systems that can make automatic legal reasoning which can determine the outcome of a case. We have written about blockchain in our blog here http://www.tglaw.com.au/ip-blog/2018/03/01/unravelling-blockchain-guide-blockchain-ip/. We would all be burying our heads in the sand if we ignored […]

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The future of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies remains controversial. However, their underlying technology – Blockchain – is likely to prove revolutionary. If you are still trying to distinguish your Bitcoin from your Blockchain, you are not alone. This post provides a no-nonsense guide to Blockchain and its potential impact on intellectual property (IP). Blockchain 101 […]

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The New South Wales Court of Appeal has refined the meaning of unconscionable conduct pursuant to section 22 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (ACL), and its predecessor provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (TPA), as it applies to business transactions in its recent decision in the matter of Ipstar Australia Pty Ltd […]

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Recovering from a major data breach can be difficult, stressful and time consuming for any organisation. It is essential to be well prepared. Organisations need to ensure they have all of the right processes and procedures in place so they can act quickly to minimise the harm, as well as comply with their new legal […]

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Developing a biofuel project in Queensland? The regulatory environment is changing up with a broad-ranging Queensland Government review of energy legislation due for imminent release. Energy production in the Australian biofuel industry is currently undergoing rapid transformation, despite its relative infancy. The regulatory environment is accordingly under review to more effectively the expanding industry. Federal […]

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Many businesses today rely on social media and positive reviews to attract business. Consumers like to read reviews before staying at a hotel or holiday destination or trying a new product or service. Certain websites such as TripAdvisor, facilitate this process by ranking businesses that have received more positive ratings and reviews more highly than […]

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In the recent case of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd1, Moshinsky J declared that a number of terms in JJ Richards’ standard form contracts with small business customers were unfair and void under the Australian Consumer Law. The proceeding was the first court action by the ACCC to enforce new laws […]

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The Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act) applies to the personal information handling practices of Queensland public sector agencies and their contractors, and contains two sets of privacy principles – the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) that apply to Queensland Health and Queensland’s Hospital and Health Services, and the information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that apply to all […]

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Cases involving social media giants such as Twitter rarely come before the courts, particularly those involving posts by anonymous users, so we were interested to read the decision handed down by Pembroke J last week in X v Twitter Inc [2017] NSWSC 1300. The plaintiff company sought final injunctive orders against Twitter Inc and Twitter International […]

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