Commercial Disputes eBulletin - 17 December 2014

In a recent case, the Full Federal Court found that a company which had incorporated almost exactly the same words as its competitor's trade mark as part of a search engine optimisation campaign had not infringed the competitor's trade mark. In this eBulletin, we review the decision and the lessons that came out of it for trade mark owners. We also look at the decision in the broader context of trade mark disputes relating to search engine results.  Read more...

Competition Law eBulletin - 9 December 2014

On Friday, the ACCC granted a conditional authorisation for resale price maintenance to Tooltechnic Systems. This is the first authorisation for RPM to have been granted in Australia and it provides critical guidance for anyone seeking to make or contest future applications.  Read more...

Corporate eBulletin - 31 October 2014

ASIC has widened the exemptions from certain provisions of the Corporations Act for employee incentive schemes. In this eBulletin, we outline these changes, as well as the Federal Government's proposed changes to the taxation of employee incentive schemes.  Read more...

Competition law eBulletin - 1 October 2014

The well-publicised Draft Report of the Competition Policy Review Panel has lived up to its "Root and Branch Review" nickname, comprehensively examining the efficacy of Australia's competition policies, laws and institutions. In this eBulletin, we look in more detail at the key changes to substantive and procedural law put forward by the Panel in its draft recommendations.  Read more...

Competition Law eBulletin - 26 September 2014

Earlier this year, the Federal Government appointed a panel of experts to undertake a major review of Australian competition laws and underlying competition policy. On 22 September 2014, the panel released its draft report and recommendations In this eBulletin, we set out the key findings and recommendations in the draft report.  Read more...

Privacy eBulletin - 8 July 2014

Since the introduction of the new Australian Privacy Principles in March this year, various industries have speculated as to which sector might be the first to go under the Privacy Commissioner's microscope. In this eBulletin we look at the Commissioner's recent assessment of a healthcare provider, and provide practical tips on how to ensure organisations in a variety of industries remain compliant with the privacy laws.  Read more...

Defamation eBulletin - 27 June 2014

We live in an era where use of technology including Twitter and Facebook has become the norm for most organisations. But what should businesses do when negative comments are posted on their pages, and who can ultimately be held liable for such actions?  Read more...

Corporate eBulletin - 6 June 2014

In this article, partner Deanna Constable, looks at how company culture can be a key element to an organisation successfully pursuing its business strategy. She argues that culture is a powerful element in achieving higher levels of performance and commitment from staff, and identifies the board has having an important role to play in setting and leading their company's culture.  Read more...

Corporate eBulletin - 8 April 2014

In this eBulletin we discuss some key features of the newly secured Australia-Japan FTA and its implications for trade relations between the two nations and also for foreign direct investment by Japan into Australia  Read more...

Defamation eBulletin - 7 March 2014

Recent judgments of Australian and UK courts have shown that anyone from school leavers to media veterans can fall foul of defamation laws if they are not careful with their online comments.  Read more...

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