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17-yr-old trade mark error can’t be fixed, Full Court rules
Intellectual Property July 16, 2018 4:39 pm By Christine Caulfield

Industrial filter manufacturer Vokes has lost its fight to correct a 17-year-old error that removed it as the registered owner of six trade marks, with the Full Federal Court ruling Monday that the Registrar did not have the power to fix the mistake of her own initiative.

SEC probing Facebook disclosures over Cambridge Analytica data harvesting
Privacy & Cybersecurity July 13, 2018 1:08 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The US securities regulator is reportedly looking into Facebook’s disclosures to investors about the harvesting of user data by political research firm Cambridge Analytica, as the company faces the threat of a privacy class action in Australia over the data debacle.

IMF Bentham mulls privacy class action against Facebook
Privacy & Cybersecurity July 10, 2018 9:17 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

IMF Bentham is considering funding a privacy class action against Facebook for allowing political research firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest information from the Facebook accounts of over 311,000 Australians.

Google loses bid to patent mobile payment system
Intellectual Property July 5, 2018 11:19 pm By Miklos Bolza

Google has lost a bid for a patent for a mobile payment system, with an examiner for IP Australia calling the proposed patent a business rather than technical innovation.

ACCC loses appeal in LG faulty television case
Competition & Consumer Protection June 27, 2018 2:01 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Full Federal Court has upheld most of a ruling that found LG did not engage in misleading or deceptive conduct by failing to inform purchasers of faulty televisions of the remedies available to them under the Australian Consumer Law.

Unlockd’s administrators weigh litigation funding to continue Google case
Competition & Consumer Protection June 25, 2018 12:39 pm By Christine Caulfield

Unlockd’s administrators are weighing whether and how to continue the failed company’s legal fight with Google and have won a reprieve from a second meeting of creditors while they consider the options, which include third-party litigation funding.

Domino’s can’t raise Uber patent in battle over GPS tracking
Intellectual Property June 19, 2018 10:09 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has served up a loss for Domino’s Pizza in its ongoing IP battle with Australian tech startup Precision Tracking, dismissing the company’s bid to bolster its case with an Uber patent. 

Apple to pay $9M in ACCC case over iPhone repairs
Competition & Consumer Protection June 18, 2018 9:40 pm By Christine Caulfield

Apple will pay $9 million to resolve a case by the ACCC alleging the US tech giant’s repair policies were in breach of the Australian Consumer Law, according to a court order Monday.

Spat over ‘secret’ side deal in class action tossed on appeal
Class Actions June 18, 2018 10:13 pm By Miklos Bolza

A legal stoush over a “secret” side agreement between the lead applicant in a shareholder class action and a litigation funder has been shut down, with the Full Federal Court on Monday dismissing an appeal by the applicant.

Judge rejects ‘flimsy’ appeal bid in software IP case
Intellectual Property June 14, 2018 10:16 pm By Miklos Bolza

A Federal Court judge on Thursday dismissed a “flimsy” application by IT firm EIFY to launch an appeal out of time in a software copyright dispute with 3D Safety Services.