Intellectual Property in Australia

William Van Caenegem, Judith Bannister, Charles Lawson, Adam Liberman, Andrew Stewart

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This authoritative and engaging book offers insightful treatment of the law of intellectual property. It provides accessible explanations and analysis of the current regimes and their application in various commercial settings, while examining the trends and tensions that influence future changes to the Australian intellectual property system. Topics covered include confidentiality, copyright, designs and related rights, patents, business reputation and trade marks, and the commercialisation of intellectual property. It is an invaluable resource for students and lecturers, and a practical reference for practitioners.

The seventh edition has been fully revised and updated to include recent developments in case law and legislation, including the following:
• introduction of the ‘patent box’ tax concession
• introduction of ‘exclusive licensees’ and a grace period into the Designs Act
• proposed Copyright Act amendments regarding orphan works
• ‘patent exhaustion’ taking over from the ‘implied licence principle’
• Full Federal Court consideration of ‘artificial intelligence’ as an inventor
• proposed amendments to the law relating to unfair contract terms;
• repeal of intellectual property protections in Competition and Consumer Act s 51(3)
• introduction of new Trade Marks Act s 122A to prevent trade mark owners from artificially restricting parallel imports
• important trade mark decisions including:
o Hashtag Burgers Pty Ltd v In-N-Out Burgers, Inc (2020)
o Allergan Australia Pty Ltd v Self Care IP Holdings Pty Ltd (2021)
o Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC v Bega Cheese Ltd (2020)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherLexis Nexis
Number of pages1059
ISBN (Electronic)9780409354904
ISBN (Print)9780409354898
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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