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Australia’s highest court has recently confirmed that patents are available for the broad grounds of methods of medical treatment. In Apotex Pty Ltd v Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd, Sanofi had been granted a patent for a new use of a known medical compound leflumonide. The new use was in the treatment of a variant of
One of the biggest challenges privacy regulators face is the onset of ‘Big Data’ — the hoovering up of large unstructured datasets for analysis at insanely affordable prices. In amending Australia’s Privacy Act, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has studied this trend in detail. But after discussing the Act with a panel of experts
Holders of security interests over personal properties should record their interest on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPS Register) before 1 February 2014 to ensure that their security interests are enforceable and that they do not lose priority to competing interest holders. The PPS Register is a register of security interests over various types of
Australia’s new Privacy Act will come into effect during a period of tremendous turbulence in the technology sector, owing to a surge in subscriptions to cloud computing services. Most of the initial resistance by CIOs to the use of cloud services is dissipating as the weight of opinion swings in favour of the model, spurred
After reading up on the amendments to Australia’s Privacy Act over the past month, and hosting a forum with experts on the matter, I can only conclude that the vast majority of Australia’s large organisations will not be fully compliant with the Act upon its introduction on March 12. Late last year, myself and InfoSec
The Improbability of Privacy Act Compliance (Part 4) For the past three days I’ve opined as to the reasons why Australian organisations are unlikely to be prepared for the updated Privacy Act come March 12, with emphasis on what constitutes personal data and the impact of the amended Act on cloud computing and big data.