Topic archives: intellectual property

Harper Review: reform still slinks past the long shadows of the powerful

November 25, 2015 16

The government's response to the Harper review of competition law follows a pattern of reforming only if it doesn't upset powerful interests.

Trade deal will provide new weapon against whistleblowers

Trade deal will provide new weapon against whistleblowers

October 14, 2015 10

The TPP will provide companies with a new weapon to use against whistleblowers, a leaked chapter reveals.

Australia squeaks through TPP copyright compliance thanks to piracy bill

Australia squeaks through TPP copyright compliance thanks to piracy bill

October 12, 2015 14

The timing of the piracy site-blocking bill is somewhat curious ...

A ‘secret’ trade deal and the damage done

A ‘secret’ trade deal and the damage done

October 5, 2015 14

If trade ministers have reached a deal on the TPP, it will just be the start of a process by which Australia's national interests will be further damaged.

Australia’s stance in IP negotiations: ‘That didn’t work, let’s do it again.’

September 14, 2015 2

As the US free-trade agreement turns 10, intellectual property associate professor Kimberlee Weatherall asks: what did it really do for copyright owners?

Calls for TPP transparency likely to fall on DFAT ears

Calls for TPP transparency likely to fall on DFAT ears

April 1, 2015 7

There's a consensus among independent economic agencies that we are going about "free trade agreements" the wrong way, but the government is unlikely to listen as it prepares to cave in to US intellectual property demands.

Toyota v Tesla: eliminating patent trolls to save the hydrogen car

Toyota v Tesla: eliminating patent trolls to save the hydrogen car

January 15, 2015 10

Without an open approach to sharing intellectual property, clean energy technologies will be at the mercy of corporate patent trolls, writes ANU College of Law associate professor Dr Matthew Rimmer.

Trade officials gather in Canberra — to undermine the national interest

Trade officials gather in Canberra — to undermine the national interest

October 20, 2014 11

Canberra is hosting the current round of talks to try to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty -- despite the damage it will inflict on the national interest.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: a Halloween horror-show

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: a Halloween horror-show

October 17, 2014 20

The latest draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, released by WikiLeaks, is a literal Mickey Mouse agreement, writes Dr Matthew Rimmer, associate professor at ANU college of law.

Keane: Harper’s review suggests (gasp!) an economy to benefit consumers

Keane: Harper’s review suggests (gasp!) an economy to benefit consumers

September 24, 2014 9

The draft review of competition policy by Ian Harper presents the Coalition -- and all politicians -- with a challenge of reforms long ignored by governments.

Hold the front page: News Corp issues blogger with takedown notice

Hold the front page: News Corp issues blogger with takedown notice

February 7, 2014 7

News Corporation lawyers have ordered a Canberra-based blogger to stop reproducing their front pages, or pay a licensing fee. There's a double standard at play, according to one expert.

Has Australia caved in on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Has Australia caved in on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

December 11, 2013 8

There are reports that Australia has given in to US demands for draconian copyright restrictions in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, but the deal isn't signed yet.

Revealed: the government agency stealing ideas from businesses

Revealed: the government agency stealing ideas from businesses

December 2, 2013 7

A number of businesses are complaining a Defence Department organisation has stolen their intellectual property, Crikey can reveal. Chris Seage reports new legislation makes the problem worse.

Secretive trade deal spells disaster for IP, copyright

Secretive trade deal spells disaster for IP, copyright

November 15, 2013 21

Documents obtained by WikiLeaks indicate the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal would put local industry at the mercy of America's copyright and IP laws. Could this hurt Australia's capacity to innovate in business?

The fight to ‘own’ DNA: the case against patents for genes

February 22, 2013 2

The Federal Court has ruled it is legal for anyone to patent genes, provided they are "isolated". There's worrying consequences for healthcare, diagnostic practice and the the future of research, writes Anna George

Beware of what lurks beneath free trade agreements

November 14, 2011 22

The hyping of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has begun. But on some issues it's cover for a predatorial United States.

Apple v Samsung: patents battle in high-stakes catch-up game

October 18, 2011

The bitter patent dispute between Apple and Samsung has intensified, after Samsung moved to counter-sue Apple for patent infringement. It's the latest salvo not only in the technology wars but in an increasing battle over intellectual patents.

The copyright industry’s war on filesharing: outsourced and ineffectual

The copyright industry’s war on filesharing: outsourced and ineffectual

March 8, 2011 2

The copyright industry has changed tactics in its war on filesharing but it's still not working, even as it hits legitimate internet users.

Nielsen copyright scrap over banking customer survey

October 12, 2010

Multi-national research conglomerate Nielsen has been accused of breaching intellectual property over a major banking customer satisfaction survey, with the man behind the claim telling Crikey that Nielsen’s conduct has caused him financial and emotional pain.

Does Sky own the ‘News 24’ brand?

July 16, 2010 4

The battle between Sky News and the ABC's fledgling around-the-clock news network was always going to get a little nasty. And now word has filtered out about just how precious Sky will be in protecting its turf.