Intellectual Property, Technology and Media Newsletter

16 August 2016

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

Welcome to the newest members of our team

Matthew Craven, Christine McNess, Rebecca Lindhout and Rebecca Sandford have joined our Technology, Media and Communications teams in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide.

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Game over: Critical win for ACCC against Valve

Australians undertake online transactions daily – but how far does the law go to protect Australian conumers dealing with international companies online? In a significant win, the ACCC has successfully prosecuted US-based online gaming giant Valve Corporation for breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The case has clarified some important questions about the application and reach of the ACL in regards to the supply of goods by overseas online platorm where the conract is governed by foreign law.

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Managing Intellectual Property Risk and Reward

Company value is steadily shifting to intangible assets like intellectual property. Some sources put the value as high as 80%, eclipsing the value of “bricks and mortar” assets. The value of the Coca-Cola brand has been put at more than USD $80 billion. Procedures need to be put in place to identify and protect the company’s valuable IP assets.

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Oracle v Google: what does it mean for the software development industry?

Two of the world’s software heavyweights recently faced off in one of the most important copyright disputes for industry since the shut down of the illegal music sharing website, Napster.

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