Intellectual Property, Technology and Media Legal News

27 April 2016

Welcome to our Newsletter, bringing you the latest in Intellectual Property, Technology and Media Law news.

Welcome new Informational Technology Partner

Josh Messing has recently joined the firm as a partner within the Technology, Media and Communications team in Sydney.

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Congratulations to our national team

We are pleased to announce that our national Intellectual Property, Technology and Media team has once again been recognised as leading lawyers in the areas of Intellectual Property as well as Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law.

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.insurance domain names launching soon

The overwhelming popularity of traditional domain names using .com and has resulted in the near-exhaustion of practical domain names for businesses with these extensions.  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (‘ICANN’) is in the process of gradually introducing new generic top level domain names (‘gTLDs’) to significantly broaden the scope of domain names available.  A new extension, ‘.insurance’, will shortly be released, meaning that domain names with this extension will soon become available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Personal Data Flows – compliance following changes to the EU/US Safe Harbour

While Australia has a robust regime of privacy regulation and enforcement, Australian entities have the room and ability to step up to align their with the European Union’s higher level of privacy regulation and enforcement if those entities comply with the EU’s Data Protection Directive.  Entities seeking to have personal data transferred to Australia from the EU, including via the US, must be prepared to implement policies and procedures which allow them to match the privacy standards required by the Directive.

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IP Piracy – the Australian experience

In April 2015 the Federal Court of Australia made orders requiring a number of Internet Service Providers to provide Dallas Buyers Club LLC (DBC) with the details of over 4,000 account holders who DBC had purportedly identified as having engaged in unauthorised downloading of the Dallas Buyers Club movie.  In the space of 8 months, DBC went from a position where it had obtained orders for preliminary disclosure to having its claim dismissed for default. There are some instrumental lessons to be learned from this case.

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Developments affecting EU trade mark owners

Australian businesses operating internationally will need to consider the impact that changes in European Union trade mark law may have on their intellectual property rights.  In this article we discuss the key EU reforms and what impact those reforms will have on trade mark owners.

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GossIP: Trade Marks, Copyright 

GossIP is a brief summary of a few recent legal developments in the IP, Technology and Media space.

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