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- How Up-to-Date is IP Australia’s AusPat Data?
One of the great resources provided by IP Australia is its AusPat online patent data service. AusPat enables users to search for Australian patents and applications using a range of options and search fields, view numerous data items for each application, and access most incoming and outgoing correspondence via eDossier. In my view, it is...
- InfoTrack Acquires Lawgical, Parent to Process-Serving Sites and Legal Talk Network Podcast Collection
The Australia-based legal technology company InfoTrack, which also operates in the United States, has acquired Lawgical, the parent company of several legal industry brands, including the Legal Talk Network, which produces some 30 law-related podcasts, ServeNow, which says it is the nation’s largest independent network of process service professionals, and ServeManager, a technology platform for process servers...
- Researchers assess impact of COVID-19 measures on foodborne infections
Diseases including foodborne infections declined after public health measures were introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a preliminary analysis in Australia. Researchers have analyzed Nationally Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) data to determine the effect of COVID-19 measures on some nationally notifiable diseases in Australia. Implementation of health actions related to the virus...
- While One IPH Firm Sues Former Partners, 20% of Patent Attorneys Jump Ship from Another
On 14 December 2020, Pizzeys Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys – a firm in the stable owned by listed company IPH Limited (ASX:IPH) – filed suit in the Federal Court of Australia against former Pizzeys principals William Bennett and Martin Richardson, along with the new firm they have established, RnB IP (collectively ‘RnB’). The lawsuit...
- DABUS Down Under – Can an AI ‘Communicate’ an Invention to a Human Applicant?
Back in September I reported that an application naming an ‘artificial intelligence’ going by the name DABUS (‘Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience’) as inventor had been filed in Australia. The application – no. 2019363177 – was derived from an international application filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and names Dr Stephen...
- Australia Extends Cruise Travel Ban a Minimum of Three Months
Today the Government of Australia extended the ban against cruise travel to a minimum of three months: Extending the human biosecurity emergency period by three months GregHuntMP #auspol pic.twitter.com/K8KujktTE7 — Political Alert (political_alert) December 8, 2020 Newspapers across Australia report that Australians are restricted from overseas travel or cruise ship holidays for at least three more...
- Commerce Initiates New Administrative Reviews on AD/CVD Orders
On December 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a notice initiating new administrative reviews for antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders with October anniversary dates. Listed below are the countries and products named in the notice: Australia I. Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products (A-602-809) Brazil I. Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products (A-351-845/C-351-846) India...
- Professional negligence + sexual assault conviction.
Despite differences between the law in England and Australia on advocates immunity, the decision in Torrance v Bradberry  EWHC 3260 (QB), available on BAILII, is of interest. The claimant had been charged with sexual offences. The defendant barrister represented him. He was convicted. The barrister then gave negative advice on the prospects of an...
- Annual report: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency + the National Boards.
The 2019-2020 annual report marks 10 years of the national registration scheme. There are now 801,659 registered health practitioners in Australia (16 professions) of whom about 15% are medical practitioners. Key areas are summarised online.
- The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): The Agreement that Promises to Reshape the International Trade Landscape
After several years of negotiation and political posturing, 15 countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement on November 15, 2020. The RCEP includes several countries from the Southeast Asia and the Pacific region, including Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam....
- 2 truckers die in crash in Australia
Driver fatigue and trucking safety are not just an American concern. On 3/11/05, a truck driver and his passenger died when the semi-trailer they were travelling in crashed on the New South Wales north coast in Australia. The men were killed when the vehicle crashed on the Pacific Highway near...
- Today’s question: How do you properly cook an alligator?
Jane Zhang of the Wall Street Journal reports that a public-health officer in Sydney, Australia, had an urgent question: A consumer found a black, shiny, 1.3-centimeter-long beetle with fine, short antennas and hairy legs in a sandwich. The plastic bag the bread came in “had no holes in it, and I...
- Meat cleanliness is vital but clipping is not only option
A report on the need for cleanliness in the meat production chain, from farm to plate, to control the potential scourge of E coli was published yesterday, commissioned by red-meat promotion organization Quality Meat Scotland. However, the report contains no recommendations on any part of the...
- New Technique Quickly Diagnoses Food Poisoning Bacteria
A Queensland University of Technology (QUT)researcher has developed a new technique that can help scientists and clinicians quickly and cheaply diagnose the bacteria which causes the most common bout of food poisoning in Australia. Erin Price, from QUT’s Faculty of Science, has developed a novel...
- Australian Plaintiff’s Case Transferred to Defendant’s Home District
Hope Family Vineyards Pty, Ltd., v. Hope Wine, LLC, No. 08 C 3246, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Jul. 11, 2008) (Lindberg, J.). Judge Lindberg granted defendant's §1404(a) motion to transfer to the Central District of California. Plaintiff was an Australian entity with its principal place of business in...
- Implications of Aristocrat v. IGT for Software Patents
The law governing U.S. software patents sometimes shifts like the ground here in California – a point illustrated by the recent decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in Aristocrat Technologies Australia PTY Ltd. v. International Game Technology, 521 F.3d 1328, 1333 (Fed....
- Salmonella in Austraila Linked to “Pawpaw”
They say you learn something new everyday, and even though its not lunchtime, I am ahead of that pace today. The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that several Salmonella illnesses in Western Australia have been linked to “pawpaw.”: West Australians have been warned to thoroughly wash pawpaw...
- Alleged abuse by “healer” and “shaman”
A man who called himself a healer and psychic surgeon and promised to cure breast cancer has gotten into legal trouble in Australia. Apparently this person claimed to be a shaman and that he would cure the client after she did not get relief from conventional medicine: Weighing just 44 kilograms,...
- Extraterritoriality: Not Just a Securities Law Issue
Oral argument in the Morrison v. National Australia Bank case, now before the U.S. Supreme Court on a petition for writ of certiorari, is scheduled to take place next week, on Monday March 29, 2010. The case presents questions about the extraterritorial application of the U.S. securities laws,...
- Morrison Precludes F-Squared Cases, Too, Court Concludes
The Supreme Court’s decision last month in the Morrison v. National Australia Bank precludes so-called “f-cubed” claims (claims brought by foreign plaintiffs who bought foreign stock on a foreign exchange). An unanswered question is whether Morrison also precludes “f-squared” claims – that is,...