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“Music always sounds better on Friday” – Lou Brutus

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Not my fingerprints! Aussie Worker Wins Landmark Biometric Data Case

For refusing to use a biometric scanner at work, Jeremy Lee, a casual factory general hand at Superior Wood, was sacked last February 2018. After many verbal and written warnings from his employer, Jeremy took a stand and refused to use the scanner claiming that his biometric data was “sensitive personal information”. Wanting to keep […]

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Big Brother is watching! ICO Compels HMRC to Delete Five Million Voice Files

Following a complaint filed by Big Brother Watch, a non-profit liberties and privacy campaigning organisation in the United Kingdom, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) found that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) had violated the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ICO says HMRC failed to provide their customers with adequate information about how their biometric data […]

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AI: Decoding IP – Exploring the Commercial, Economic and Legal Implications

Artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly as evidenced by Apple’s Siri, automated cars and Sydney’s new driverless trains! Sci-fi movies often portray artificial intelligence as robots simulating human characteristics but in real life, AI is used in the Google’s search algorithm, IBM’s Watson, and even in AI-controlled autonomous weapons, among others. The term artificial intelligence or […]

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Brave New World: Welcome to the Gig Economy!

The concept of work is changing and people are embracing it. Ask your Uber driver! There is a trend that has boomed in the past decade due to the rise of freelance based companies like Uber, Airbnb, Deliveroo, and Upwork. What is the Gig Economy? The gig economy is a virtual market where temporary work […]

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5 Top Tips to Growing Your Platform and Brand Power

Create Engaging Content You might think this one is obvious – but making sure you know your target audience and the kind of content that will engage them is the first step. Firstly, who do you want to attract? How old are they? What trends do they follow? Outline your target audience and then ask […]

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Jurisdiction Clause vs. Choice of Law Clause

Jurisdiction Jurisdiction clauses are added into contracts to identify which court will determine any disputes between the parties. This clause gives a court the power to adjudicate in a case. This is particularly important when negotiating parties for a contract are located in separate countries as they will need to consider ahead of time which […]

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INTA 141st Annual Meeting 2019

The International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest, most widely attended and influential trademark event. The 2019 Annual Meeting will include several trending topics that are transforming the global IP world such as: Combatting Counterfeits and Piracy on the Internet and in Digital Media; How has the World Changed One Year After […]

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The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks and Non-Conventional Trademarks

Member states of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) adopted the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (STLT) on 27 March 2006, updating the 1994 Trademark Law Treaty (TLT). It was signed by Australia on 26 March 2007. The purpose of the STLT was to keep pace with technological advancements and to promote international […]

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Canada joins the Madrid Protocol at last!

Finally, Canada will become one of the contracting parties to the Madrid Agreement under the Madrid Protocol with an implementation date of 17 June 2019. The Madrid Protocol is a treaty providing for the international registration of trade marks and is administered by the International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in […]

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