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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Asian rip-offs: Aussie businesses “day to day” battle with copycats

Increasing numbers of Australian businesses are becoming embroiled in legal battles in Asia over trademark and copyright issues. by Cara Waters

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Not appy: Apple’s attempt to own the term “app store” rejected by Federal Court

The Federal Court yesterday rejected Apple’s attempt to own the term “app store”. by Karen Coombs

My restaurant rip-off: The Meat & Wine Co battles copycat overseas restaurant

Popular restaurant chain The Meat & Wine Co is embroiled in a legal dispute with a restaurant in Malaysia, which it claims has copied its business. by Cara Waters

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Golden five-star stoush: Vittoria Coffee wins High Court trademark dispute over use of Italian words

Coffee giant Vittoria has won a trademark dispute that went all the way to the High Court against one of its competitors, Caffe Molinari. by Cara Waters

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Pepsi triumphs over Coke in Federal Court brawl over bottle shape

PepsiCo has emerged victorious in an ongoing legal dispute with Coca-Cola over the shape of its bottles. by Cara Waters

Monday, 17 November 2014

Never underestimate the power of the dark side of branding: Powershop removes Darth Vader ad after Lucasfilm complaint

Australian electricity retailer Powershop has been forced to remove an ad featuring a likeness to Star Wars character Darth Vader, following a complaint from the film’s producers, LucasFilm. by Kirsten Robb

Friday, 14 November 2014

Mining company awarded $50,000 after employee downloaded thousands of essential files before resigning

The Federal Court has awarded $50,000 in damages to a mining company after a former employee breached his employment contract by downloading computer files as a “trophy” for his time at the company. by Broede Carmody

Thursday, 23 October 2014

iiNet embroiled in new wave of litigation, this time with Oscar-winning film Dallas Buyers Club

iiNet, Amnet, Dodo and Wideband have been hit by another round of litigation. by Cara Waters

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Digital copyright protection – some success, but mostly failure

Before evaluating any new steps in digital copyright measures, it’s worth recalling those that have been implemented before – to see what worked, and what didn’t. by Nicholas Sheppard
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