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Freedom To Differ

Freedom To Differ

Speaks freely about legal and policy issues facing the media and the internet. By Peter Black.

http://www.freedomtodiffer.com/freedom_to_differ/
  • Feb 25

    Best Australian law schools according to the QS World University Ranking

    Best Australian law schools according to the QS World University Ranking
    The QS World University Rankings 2014 for Law have been released. The QS World University Rankings is one of the few international rankings that also provide subject rankings, including for law. While these rankings are always somewhat…
  • Oct 1

    Daily Twitter Link

    Daily Twitter Link
  • Aug 3

    Blogging the election

    Blogging the election
    This afternoon the Kevin Rudd will visit the Governor-General and request a dissolution and an election on 7 September. A proclamation will then have to be issued dissolving the House of Representatives. The writ initiating the 150 House…
Rank this Week: 98

Australian Regulatory Compliance…

Australian Regulatory Compliance Review

Covers legal and regulatory impacts on Australian businesses. By David Jacobson.

http://www.djacobson.com/australian_regulatory_rev/
  • Jun 15

    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private?

    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private?
    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private? Not automatically. In dealing with ASIC and other regulators it is important to understand that the Freedom of Information Act 1982 applies to government agency records and…
  • Jun 15

    Can a special general meeting be adjourned?

    Can a special general meeting be adjourned?
    In the matter of Re1 Limited (ABN 80 145 743 862) and Re2 Limited as responsible entities for Westfield Retail Trust 1 and Westfield Retail Trust 2 (No 3) [2014] NSWSC 762 the NSW Supreme Court considered the adjournment of the adjournment of…
  • Jun 15

    Small amount credit change

    Small amount credit change
    The National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contracts) Regulation 2014 was registered on 12 June 2014. The Regulation clarifies the changes introduced on 1 July 2013 which imposed a cap on costs and a limit on fees…
Rank this Week: 181

Australian Divorce Blog

Australian Divorce Blog

Covers family law and divorce in Australia. By Stephen Page.

http://australiandivorce.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 27

    Why I like being a divorce lawyer: "Only one person believed in me- you did, and you changed my life as a result. Thank you."

    Why I like being a divorce lawyer: "Only one person believed in me- you did, and you changed my life as a result. Thank you."
    Many of my colleagues over the years- those who do not do family law- have said that those who do family law are mad, and "I don't know how you can do  it"- before regaling me with their rare, searing family law experiences. "Give me…
  • Sep 23

    What an extraordinary morning- acceptance by both IAML and AAARTA!

    What an extraordinary morning- acceptance by both IAML and AAARTA!
    Some morning its pays to wake up! This morning was one of those mornings. When I went through my emails this morning I came across two extraordinary emails. This morning I have been accepted into membership of both the International…
  • Sep 23

    Visit to an old friend opposed to domestic violence

    Visit to an old friend opposed to domestic violence
    Last night I was lucky enough to call in an old friend who was recovering from major surgery. Her prospects are good, thankfully.Visiting her made me reflect as to how long it has been that I have been involved with domestic violence. This is…
Rank this Week: 632

Australian Gay and Lesbian Law…

Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Blog

Covers the impact of relationship laws on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Australia. By Stephen Page.

http://lgbtlawblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 23

    What an extraordinary morning- acceptance to both IAML and AAARTA!

    What an extraordinary morning- acceptance to both IAML and AAARTA!
    Some morning its pays to wake up! This morning was one of those mornings. When I went through my emails this morning I came across two extraordinary emails. This morning I have been accepted into membership of both the International…
  • Sep 14

    Surrogacy debate in Brisbane on Wednesday night

    Surrogacy debate in Brisbane on Wednesday night
    A free debate will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday night about surrogacy. The event, called Politics in the Pub: Making Babies: The Business of Birth will be hosted by New Farm Neighbourhood Centre in the Turbine Room at Brisbane…
  • Sep 13

    DIGS launch

    DIGS launch
    Last Sunday I was honoured to be a guest speaker, alongside the Member for Brisbane Central Rob Cavallucci and Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Brisbane Rachel Jacobs at the launch of a new community organisation, DIGS. DIGS stands…
Rank this Week: 954

Patentology

Patentology

News and views on patents and innovation, with a focus on Australia and New Zealand.

http://blog.patentology.com.au/
  • Nov 23

    Research Affiliates: A ‘Hard’ Case Making Bad Law

    Research Affiliates: A ‘Hard’ Case Making Bad Law
    It is sometimes said that ‘hard cases make bad law’.  This is not actually generally true, and good and bad law emerges from a wide variety of different cases.  Perhaps, in fact, the quality of judges, or the quality of…
  • Nov 15

    ‘Patent Box’ Tax Break Prospects Plummet at G20 Meeting

    ‘Patent Box’ Tax Break Prospects Plummet at G20 Meeting
    The Australian Government looks set to abandon the sole IP-related initiative it took into last year’s federal election, with treasurer Joe Hockey reportedly all but ruling out the prospect of a ‘patent box’ tax concession…
  • Nov 10

    Australia’s ‘Alice’: Appeals Court Denies Business Method Patent

    Australia’s ‘Alice’: Appeals Court Denies Business Method Patent
    In a unanimous decision, a Full Bench of the Federal Court of Australia has ruled that the ‘substance’ of an invention trumps the form in which it is claimed, dismissing Research Affiliates’ appeal against a decision of a…
Rank this Week: 1179

Lightbulb Blog by Dilanchian

Lightbulb Blog by Dilanchian

Covers intellectual property law and business law from an Australian perspective. Published by Dilanchian Lawyers and Consultants.

http://www.dilanchian.com.au
  • Nov 26

    Why collaboration contracts are popular

    Why collaboration contracts are popular
    Business owners and executives worry when fortunes decline as competitors enter their former stable market. They worry over fewer calls from customers, lower sales and their best staff leaving one after another. The response is typically cost…
  • Nov 18

    Copyright's label exception to parallel importation

    Copyright's label exception to parallel importation
    The introduction in 2003 of section 44C and related sections amended the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) to block the proliferation in parallel importation circumstances of silly claims to copyright in mere product labels. Parallel importation is…
  • Nov 17

    Online contracting delivers svelte business model

    Online contracting delivers svelte business model
    Online contracting today provides the opportunity to improve business with svelte business models. It builds on ongoing changes in technology affecting trade in goods and services. Traditionally there were fewer suppliers and offerings (ie…
Rank this Week: 1190

ipwars.com

ipwars.com

Covers intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under. By Warwick Rothnie.

http://ipwars.com
Rank this Week: 1193

BAZPAT

BAZPAT

Cover IP procurement and enforcement in Australia. By Barry Eagar.

http://bazpat.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 31

    Eagar & Martin Launch

    Eagar & Martin Launch
    I'm delighted to announce the launch of Eagar & Martin! Please visit my new firm here: www.emip.com.au
  • May 21

    Grace Period - Australia

    Grace Period - Australia
    This is the first in a series of posts concerning grace periods around the world. Australia is a good place to start.But first of all, let's consider what is meant by "grace period". This is not the convention period governed by the Paris…
  • May 13

    Particulars for Patent Opposition

    Particulars for Patent Opposition
    Case: Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited v Leprino Foods Company [2014] APO 24. In this matter, the delegate of the Commissioner of patents dismissed multiple grounds of opposition. He did so, requiring further and better particulars…
Rank this Week: 2066

Oikos

Oikos

Covers environmental and economic issues. By David Jeffery.

http://greenomics.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 12

    The Oikos archive

    The Oikos archive
    Welcome to the archives of the Oikos blog.Oikos is a blog I authored from 2005 to 2009, focussing on environmental economics and environmental policy in Australia.If you'd like to contact me, please email me at ozelaw[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au.…
  • Nov 25

    Some quick thoughts on the Oz emissions trading scheme

    Some quick thoughts on the Oz emissions trading scheme
    We have a good idea now of what the so-called Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is going to look like, after the Government and Opposition hammered out a deal on Tuesday and it was endorsed (barely) by the Liberal Party in a turbulent day…
  • Oct 19

    Ken Henry on tax reform

    Ken Henry on tax reform
    If the tax structure from early last century prevailed today, we would have to raise $40 billion from excise and $230 billion from tariffs to meet today's revenue demand. At that rate the excise on a schooner of beer would be around 7 times…
Rank this Week: 2255

Legal Leaders Blog

Legal Leaders Blog

Covers law firm leadership and management. By Sean Larkan.

http://www.legalleadersblog.com
  • Sep 12

    Killing clients with complexity – be sure to recognise and address it

    Killing clients with complexity – be sure to recognise and address it
    In talking about client relations lawyers like to talk about the importance of using simple English, killing clients with kindness and generally keeping things simple for clients. It seems years of training and our natural lawyerly DNA…
  • Aug 28

    Well dang! Those nimble NewLaw firms are at it again!

    Well dang! Those nimble NewLaw firms are at it again!
    I recently posted on nimbler firms chipping away at others’ brands. Well, it seems they have been at it again – baking some more of BigLaw’s cake and eating a few more slices along the way. Following this theme, an Edge…
  • Aug 26

    Gen-Y comes through, again. . . and makes light of darkne

    Gen-Y comes through, again. . . and makes light of darkne
    Remembering back to when I helped run large law firms I recall how impressed we often were with the energy, enthusiasm and good ideas that came out of our young people, especially when it related to helping others. We’d heard all the…
Rank this Week: 2268

My Access Australia

My Access Australia

Covers Australian immigration law. By Peng Cheng.

http://myaccessaustralia.com/
  • Jun 23

    Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – Subclass 187 Visa

    Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – Subclass 187 Visa
      The Subclass 187 RSMS visa is a permanent residency visa that requires the sponsorship of a nominating employer for a role that is located in ‘regional Australia’. The main difference between a 187 RSMS visa and a 186…
  • Mar 9

    Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa

    Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa
      We are looking for applicants who may be eligible for Australia’s investment or business development based Subclass 188 visa. If you fit any of the following profiles, then we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can…
  • Mar 9

    Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa

    Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa
      We are looking for applicants who may be eligible for Australia’s investment or business development based Subclass 188 visa. If you fit any of the following profiles, then we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can…
Rank this Week: 2971

The Perth Asian Lawyer

The Perth Asian Lawyer

Covers family and business law in Australia. By Raymond Tan.

http://tanandtanlawyers.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 25

    Update on the Royce and Edie Hoy Poy Foundation for Aged Care Inc

    Update on the Royce and Edie Hoy Poy Foundation for Aged Care Inc
    Dear readersMany of you will remember Edie and Royce Hoy Poy who were very much involved with the Chung Wah Association and their care of the aged in the association.Edie and Royce  left their estate in my care together with Theresa…
  • Nov 6

    Buying a franchise busine

    Buying a franchise busine
    Dear readersAre you thinking of buying a franchised business? It may be a good idea especially if you have never been in business before. However, the first step is to get advice to make sure the franchise is a good fit for you. Have a listen…
  • Oct 28

    Do you want to sign a bank guarantee?

    Do you want to sign a bank guarantee?
    Dear readersI just saw a client regarding the signing of a bank guarantee.I had previously blogged on the perils of signing a bank guarantee. The blog post is at…
Rank this Week: 3734

IP Iustitia

IP Iustitia

Discusses news, cases, legislation and anything to do with Intellectual Property law.

http://www.ipiustitia.com
  • Nov 20

    One Taste to Rule Them All - Can You Trademark a Flavor?

    One Taste to Rule Them All - Can You Trademark a Flavor?
    Tastes and preferences are as varied and as complex as there are people, yet some distinct combinations truly are above everything else (should you take this writer's word as gospel - which you shouldn't): basil and tomato; chocolate and…
  • Nov 13

    Generic Stuff - Food Packaging and Intellectual Property Law

    Generic Stuff - Food Packaging and Intellectual Property Law
    Remembering back fondly to ones childhood often elicits images of Saturday mornings, watching cartoons and eating cereal poured from colorful cereal boxes. Yet a shadows of this memory is when your parents buy the generic brand, often simply…
  • Nov 6

    Fake Goods and the Internet - ISPs Face Trademark

    Fake Goods and the Internet - ISPs Face Trademark
    Counterfeit products are big business. Some estimates have put the sale of counterfeit items at a billion dollars in 2013, and anyone who has traveled around mainland Europe has probably seen people sell "authentic" designer bags off pieces…
Rank this Week: 4946