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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

Thursday, 7 August 2014

“We know coffee”: Vittoria Coffee and Di Bella Coffee fight it out in trademark battle

Vittoria Coffee has emerged victorious in a trademark battle with competitor Di Bella Coffee over the use of the phrase “we know coffee”. by Eloise Keating

Monday, 14 July 2014

Treasury Wines in legal battle with trademark squatters over Penfolds brand in China

Treasury Wine Estates is embroiled in a trademark battle in China over one of Australia’s most well-known wine brands, Penfolds. by Eloise Keating

Friday, 14 March 2014

EU in a stink over trademark blue: Will the cheese war hit our shores?

In a bid to protect its cheese market, the European Union is urging the United States to ban cheese names that refer to European regions. by Broede Carmody

Copyright infringement is on the rise: How to protect your IP assets

Copyright infringement is a difficult but growing area. Unfortunately it seems that there is very little someone needs to change in your work to call it their own. by Vanessa Emilio

Monday, 9 December 2013

Copyright laws could catch out small businesses, as content marketing rises

Businesses which infringe copyright laws could face hefty fines if caught in a crackdown by watchdog the Copyright Agency, an intellectual property lawyer has warned. by Melinda Oliver
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