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Regulation of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

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We introduced Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in this post. Unsurprisingly, billions of dollars being poured into ICOs over the past few years, and concerns over scams and consumer protection, have been the impetus for increased government attention and calls for regulation of ICOs and cryptocurrency. One difficulty with the regulation of ICOs is the unique, […]

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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) 101

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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), or ‘token offerings’, are cryptocurrency’s equivalent of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). In 2017, 873 ICOs raised around USD$6 billion in investment funds. In just the first half of 2018, around USD$6.7 billion had been raised – 108% of all funds raised in 2017. ICOs are a means for blockchain companies to […]

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Preferential drug supply arrangements at patent’s end found not to amount to misuse of market power or exclusive dealing On 25 May 2018 the Full Federal Court dismissed an appeal by the ACCC and confirmed that Pfizer had not engaged in misuse of market power or exclusive dealing (within sections 46 and 47 of the […]

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If you’re interested in computer games, or know someone that is, you’ve probably heard of loot boxes, an increasingly common feature of computer games which has also been drawing increasing criticism and regulatory attention of late. What are loot boxes? Loot boxes are digital items which may be purchased in computer and mobile games. Each […]

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Artificial Intelligence – the Copyright Act cannot keep up

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The Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Act) is facing a challenge keeping up with the increasing prevalence and capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Recently, Google released their new AI powered digital camera called Google Clips.1 This device deviates from the traditional method of taking photos. It contains a built-in AI that autonomously snaps pictures of the […]

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Power and PDP Group (Power) sued Paul Schembri  and a company owned by his brother (Bettergrow) for patent infringement in the Supreme Court of Queensland in respect of a machine used to produce compost. Liability was denied and a cross claim was made for revocation of the patent. At the time of the proceedings, Bettergrow […]

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In December 2016, the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria summarily dismissed what was an unprecedented defamation action brought by Milorad Trkulja against Google Inc. But, in a much anticipated decision,1 the High Court of Australia on Wednesday unanimously allowed Mr Trkulja’s appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision, permitting Mr Trkulja […]

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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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