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- Are IP Australia costs awards set to finally reflect costs incurred? Proposed changes to trade mark hearing cost awards
In December 2019, after much anticipation, IP Australia released a draft of proposed amendments to the costs that may be awarded in relation to trade marks proceedings heard before IP Australia. IP Australia comments that these changes should ensure awards more accurately reflect the actual costs incurred by parties and are based on Federal Court...
- Chinese Mobile Tech Company OPPO Comes from Nowhere to Top Australian Patent Filing Table for 2019
Last calendar year, the number of standard patent filings in Australia fell by 1%, from 29,957 in 2018 to 29,666 in 2019. While this represents only a small decline, it follows two years of growth, by 1.8% for 2016-2017 and 3.6% for 2017-2018, and thus represents a reversal of the recent upwards trend. While international...
- Significant Visa Fee Increases for Australian Nationals
U.S. firefighters coming to help extinguish the devastating forest fires were cheered when they arrived at the airport in Sydney, Australia. In the past, in what became a reciprocal arrangement, Australian firefighters have assisted U.S. firefighters. A different sort of reciprocity has led to the sudden increase in visa fees for Australians coming to the...
- The Importance of Revising Building Laws and Ordinances, Which Explains Why Law and Ordinance Coverage Law is So Important To Purchase
The point of this blog is to implore policyholders to buy what is commonly called code upgrade coverage – formally known as law and ordinance coverage. I was thinking about this after reading two different articles discussing very different losses in very different parts of the world. Australia has been suffering from historic wildfires. I...
- Class action settlement: Health information sale to law firm
In mid December 2019, Australian Lawyer reported: The Supreme Court of New South Wales on Monday accepted the settlement of a pioneering class action in Australia. Justice Julie Ward accepted the $275,000 settlement in the class action led by Tracy Evans against the NSW Ambulance Service over a major data breach. The lawsuit is the...
- Australian Salmonella outbreak grows; bush fires threaten food safety
Nearly 90 people are part of a Salmonella outbreak across Australia after eating a particular brand of frozen microwave meals. A total of 84 people in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) reported eating Core Powerfoods products before becoming sick. The number of people ill in...
- Complaint risk among mental health practitioners compared with physical health practitioners.
Recently published in BMJ Open was a paper by Benjamin Veness and others, entitled Complaint risk among mental health practitioners compared with physical health practitioners: a retrospective cohort study of complaints to health regulators in Australia. The paper sought to understand complaint risk among mental health practitioners compared with physical health practitioners by means of...
- Man Overboard From Norwegian Jewel
A cruise passenger reportedly went overboard from a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, according to several newspapers. The Norwegian Jewel was on a 12-day Australia-New Zealand cruise when the passenger went overboard near the east coast off the Mahia Peninsula of New Zealand’s North Island. The man went overboard around 7:00 P.M on Sunday (New Zealand time)....
- Australian agencies’ post advice to help prevent food poisoning
Public health agencies in Australia have issued advice to help people avoid food poisoning this holiday season. The country is in it’s summer months now and has also been affected by bushfires and record high temperatures of 41.9 degrees C (107.4 degrees F) this past week. In New South Wales (NSW), 168 Salmonella infections have...
- Queensland egg sector strengthens Salmonella plan
The Queensland egg industry has strengthened its biosecurity, hygiene and product quality processes to minimize the risk of Salmonella Enteritidis. Safe Food Production Queensland (Safe Food) and the Queensland, Australia, egg industry developed a new Salmonella Enteritidis Prevention Plan (SEPP). Safe Food regulates the primary production and processing of meat, eggs, dairy, seafood and horticulture...
- Directory lists LL.M. programs worldwide
What? Haven’t had enough of law school? LLM-Guide.com claims to be the most comprehensive directory on the Internet of master of laws programs, listing more than 370 postgraduate law programs in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia/New Zealand. The guide is published by Benjamin &...
- The end of marketing departments?
Are Marketing Departments and CMO’s on the way out as a way of doing business? Gerry Riskin talks about a recent law firm management consulting conference in Sydney, Australia. A consultant from McKinsey related that this major consulting organization does not have a marketing department. The...
- Tibaldi pork recalled
Ten cases of salmonella food poisoning have been linked to cured pork in Australia. The Department of Human Services has issued a recall of the pork after 10 people suffered salmonella food poising between April 20 and May 23. Tibaldi Smallgoods has agreed to voluntarily recall the capocollo. The...
- Bakery shut after salmonella outbreak
June 8, 2007 – IBN NEWS Full Story Australia – A bakery in the Melbourne suburb of Springvale has been ordered to close after nine customers fell ill with salmonella poisoning. Four people are still in hospital after eating products bought from the bakery on Springvale Road, which specialises in...
- Heath Ledger’s Will Fails To Provide For His Child
The New York Times reported today that Heath Ledger’s will made no provisions either for his young daughter, or for her mother and former girlfriend Michelle Williams. Instead, the actor left his entire estate to his parents and sisters back in his native Australia. Word has it that his family...
- EPA Will Host Nanotechnology Conference in Chicago
On September 18, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that EPA Region 5 will host the 2008 International Environmental Nanotechnology Conference: Applications and Implications, October 7-9, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois. According to EPA, researchers from Asia, Australia, and ...
- Enviro Police
We previously mentioned the enforcement concerns raised by federal agents in Australia over the prosecution of new carbon crimes here. It appears that our cousins in the United Kingdom are creating a similar criminal enforcement unit to police excessive CO2 emissions, according to this article in...
- Australia to Reform Privacy Laws
On October 14, 2009, the Australian government released a report entitled “Enhancing National Privacy Protection” that contains proposed reforms to Australia’s privacy laws, including the Privacy Act 1988 (“Privacy Act”). In announcing the report, Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State...
- Australia Considers Proposal for Nano-Regulatory Reform
This article was written by John C. Monica, Jr. and Dr. Diana Bowman and originally appeared on the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s InterNano website earlier today. It is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. Dr. Bowman is a Senior Research Fellow in ...
- Supreme Court Grants Cert Petition in Matrixx Initiative Securities Suit
There was a time when it was relatively rare for the Supreme Court to take up securities cases. Until recently, the Court basically went several years between cases filed under the securities laws. Those days are clearly over, as the Court has granted cert petitions in several securities cases in...