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Lesson for creating a competitive start-up

The recent case of IPC Global Pty Ltd v Pavetest Pty Ltd (No 3) [2017] FCA82, provides a textbook example of how not to create a competitive start-up.   A group of senior employees left IPC and started up Pavetest in competition. IPC was the dominant player in marketing software to determine the material strength

New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

As of 6 July 2017, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH), providing New Zealand patent applicants mechanism by which to accelerate the progress of their application and/or accelerate the progress of a corresponding foreign application in a number of major jurisdictions across the globe.  

Australian courts protect HARBOUR LIGHTS trade mark

On appeal to the full court of the Federal Court, Accor Australia and New Zealand Hospitality Pty Limited has succeeded in protecting the name of a residential apartment complex as a trade mark. That mark has been protected in relation to services dealing with the sale, leasing and letting of those apartments and holiday accommodation services.  

OECD changes to the transfer pricing of intangibles

Glasshouse Advisory discuss the changes to OECD’s final guidance on transfer pricing. In 2016, the OECD released its final guidance on transfer pricing issues as they relate to the development, enhancement, maintenance, protection and exploitation of intangibles; including patents, trademarks and know how. This new guidance material has been developed because most tax authorities and

What you should know about the EMDG program

With the end of financial year approaching, are you getting the most out of your Export Market Development Grant?  Read below as to how our colleagues at Glasshouse Advisory can help.   As a business owner, in the lead up to 30 June, there is often advice from accountants or advisors that you should pay any outstanding bills, or even

Amendments to a patent during court proceedings – how much transparency is required?

In Apotex Pty Ltd v ICOS Corporation [2017] FCA 466, the Federal Court has provided guidance regarding the level of disclosure required by a patentee in order for a court to exercise its discretion in allowing amendments to the specification during court proceedings.   Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) is the holding company of ICOS

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