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964 data breach notifications were made in the first 12 months of the Australian mandatory notification scheme according to a report recently released by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

On 28 November 2018, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, released the new Aged Care Quality Standards , contained within the Quality of Care Amendment (Single Quality Framework) Principles 2018.

The Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2017 (Cth) (the Act) which will come into operation on 20 April 2019, establishing an independent complaints mechanism for Commonwealth procurement. The Act provides suppliers with the right to seek judicial review of contraventions of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) by a Commonwealth procuring entity.

From to time to time, software vendors will approach your organisation seeking to conduct a software licensing audit. This is particularly frequent in relation to end of life software, which is perhaps embedded deep within your IT system. Needless to say the vendors are seeking opportunities to maximise revenue from your organisation and things can quickly get out of hand with the vendor demanding enormous amounts of money and even purporting to terminate your software licence on the basis of infringement.

The recent moves by the Australian Government to abandon the innovation patent system has raised concern amongst SMEs and the innovation industry.

So you’ve concocted an invention that you’re thinking of patenting, what next? Keeping your invention secret is an important start, since any public disclosure may invalidate your later patent application. But what can you do while your invention remains secret? Can you conduct experiments? Can you make money? Can you make money while conducting experiments?

The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (the Act) - an Act to amend the Privacy Act 1988 - comes into force on 22 February 2018.

Australia is set to fully embrace the doctrine of “international exhaustion” when it comes to parallel imports. While this is intended to benefit consumers, Australian distributors face an increased risk of competition from parallel imports.

The iPhone X has now been announced by Apple, Inc. (‘Apple’) with expected fanfare. Most consumers will be interested in the new OLED screen and the elimination of the home button in the new iPhone X, but there is also an important new security feature in the new iPhone called ‘Face ID’.

It has now been more than four years since the ‘bar was raised’ on seeking extensions of time to file patent opposition evidence (EOT).  

Blockchain in the Public Sector

The payroll tax grouping rules are complex and many business owners are unaware of the rules’ existence or their obligations under these rules.

The contract has been signed, the $1 million has been paid and a Bank Guarantee has been issued to secure repayment. Nothing further to do…you are protected! Or are you?

For the third consecutive year, we are delighted to announce that Francis Abourizk Lightowlers (FAL Lawyers) founding partner, Jenni Lightowlers, has been recognised for Excellence in Client Service in the Health and Life Sciences category at the 2017 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Awards. 

From use to non-use, overseas suppliers, parents and subsidiaries, here are our top trade mark developments for 2016.

This article considers the traditional waterfall approach to an IT project vs an agile methodology and contract.

Congratulations to FAL’s founding Partner, Jenni Lightowlers, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Deakin University on 6 October 2016.

IP Australia has recently undertaken a review of their official fees resulting in a new official fee structure from 10 October 2016.  These fee amendments will affect individuals and businesses seeking to protect their registrable IP rights in Australia from 10 October 2016 onwards.

When new IP is created, the desire to get it ‘out there’ is understandable. This is particularly so where the IP requires further development, has commercial potential, or originates from a researcher with a public benefit mandate. In the eagerness to license the IP, it is important to ensure that for all licences to rights granted, the IP owner has the rights to grant the licence.

The decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) has left many Intellectual Property (IP) owners to wonder what will happen with their UK trade mark, patent and design rights.