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Compromise on Music Modernization Act Leads to Unconditional Support From Music Industry Organizations
A collection of trade organizations representing music publishers and songwriters recently released a joint statement in which all announced unconditional support for S.2823, the Music Modernization Act (MMA). These organizations include SESAC, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Songwriters of North America (SONA). The support of the bill from these collective entities comes after an amendment to the act designed to improve private competition in the market for music licensing after a contentious period of negotiating that amendment. The post Compromise on Music Modernization Act Leads to Unconditional Support From Music Industry Organizations appeared first on IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law.
Promega Gets Damages Appeal All Wrong, Life Tech Says
Promega Corp.’s cert petition seeking additional damages from patent litigation it won over genetic-testing kits focuses on a question that has nothing to do with the actual case, Life Technologies Corp. said in urging the justices to reject it.
New Post May Help Keep PTAB, Examiners On Same Page
The news that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's chief judge will take a newly created post coordinating between the board and patent examiners has been met with cautious optimism by attorneys, who say much can be done to better ensure both sides of the patent office reach consistent results.
Book Reseller Can’t Dodge $34M Infringement Verdict
A New York federal judge on Friday rejected attempts by used bookseller Book Dog Books LLC to dodge a $34.2 million jury verdict for copyright and trademark infringement, upholding the verdict awarded to McGraw-Hill, Cengage and other publishers over Book Dog's sale of counterfeit textbooks.
Atari Hits T-Shirt Retailer With Counterfeiting Suit
Iconic video game company Atari accused an online T-shirt retailer of selling shirts and other merchandise bearing counterfeit Atari logos not authorized by the company, according to an intellectual property suit filed Wednesday in California federal court.
Chicago Cubs Ripped Off Souvenir Design, Suit Claims
A Michigan man on Friday told an Illinois federal court that the Chicago Cubs stole his design for a souvenir of the team’s 1984 National League Eastern Division championship for its souvenir of the team’s 2016 World Series win.
Polsinelli Adds Another IP Buff To Its Silicon Valley Team
Polsinelli LLP announced that it has added a former Fenwick & West LLP attorney with more than two decades of experience as a principle to its intellectual property department in Silicon Valley.
Brand Battles: Hershey, Unilever, ‘Game of Thrones,’ NFL
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Hershey and Unilever try to break the "Ice," HBO tries to burn an application for a mythical dragon word from "Game of Thrones," and the NFL's New Orleans Saints defend the city's area code.

Notifiable Data Breaches in Australia

A data breach occurs when unauthorised parties access protected or confidential data. Data refers to important information that may cover personal or sensitive information, trade secrets or intellectual property. Examples of data breach commonly arise in respect of unauthorised access to:  personal information credit card details health care history corporate information A breach may occur […]

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GDPR Explained – What is a Data Protection Policy?

A Data Protection Policy is important because it contains sets of principles and rules that businesses adhere to in order to keep the data of others in a lawful and secure way. Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data controllers must implement a data protection policy as part of their efforts to demonstrate […]

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Funny Intellectual Property Quotes

Importance of Intellectual Property Rights It’s amazing how something I told you 3 days ago becomes the great idea you had this morning. Maybe you’re a creator with a new invention, someone with a name or brand to protect or even a person who’s thought outside of the box and discovered a better way to […]

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Privacy Laws Australia and Data Protection Policy for Employees

What is a Data Protection Policy? A data protection policy is a policy put in place by a business to protect the security of its data and to safeguard data from corruption or loss. Employers run a substantial risk for non-compliance with the privacy laws, the unauthorised disclosure of confidential information and data breaches. Protecting […]

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Certification Trade Mark Allegations over ‘Fake’ Scotch Whisky

A Major liquor group – D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd – is facing charges made against them in the Federal Court by Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) for selling ‘fake’ scotch whisky. The charges have been made against D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd and seven other parties, including well-known liquor merchant Mr Liquor. SWA are seeking damages in […]

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EVENT   |   19th July, 2018

Service Level Agreements Masterclass

W3IP Law attended an event in Brisbane hosted by Crown Leadership International Group on 19 July 2018 to present on Service Legal Agreements Masterclass. Presenters Leah Mooney, Special Counsel at Minter Ellison presenting on “A risk-based approach to the cloud “as a service” Brent Weston, Special Counsel at Tucker & Cowen presenting on “Common sticking […]

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Crypto Glossary Coming to Terms with Bitcoin Slang

The world of cryptocurrency can be overwhelming for newbies not just because of the tech aspects of algorithms and smart contracts but there is also a whole new set of slang words. Here is a quick guide to some easy crypto lingo. ALTCOIN This refers and differentiates other crypto coins apart from the well-known or […]

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Design Registration Australia – How can I protect my design and why should I?

What is a design? The Designs Act 2003 (Cth) defines a design in relation to a product as meaning the overall appearance of the product resulting from one or more visual features of the product. Design registration is intended to protect designs which have an industrial or commercial use. The purpose of design registration is […]

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Trade Mark Infringement: “TACO Tuesday” OR “TACO SUES’DAY”?

A popular pub in Melbourne’s Footscray has received a cease and desist letter from the popular Mexican chain franchise “Salsas Fresh Mex”. The letter alleges that the pub “The Reverence Hotel” is infringing the intellectual property rights of Salsas as the owners of the trade mark “Taco Tuesday”, and demands that The Reverence immediately stop […]

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Sydney IP Lawyers Update : IPSANZ Conference

W3IP Law attended the IPSANZ conference in Sydney hosted by Gilbert +Tobin Lawyers, and presented by Clive Elliot QC. The conference provided an update on Australian and New Zealand IP law and recent developments. Clive addressed some new and exciting case law and areas of IP reform in both NZ and Australia. This article will […]

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