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Freedom To Differ

Freedom To Differ

A blog that 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: 95

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/
  • Apr 15

    APRA defines Tier 1 mutual equity interest

    APRA defines Tier 1 mutual equity interest
    APRA has released the final amended Prudential Standard APS 111 Capital Adequacy: Measurement of Capital (APS 111), which allows mutually owned ADIs to issue Additional Tier 1 (AT1) and Tier 2 (T2) Capital instruments that will qualify to be…
  • Apr 15

    Privacy case note: disclosure of personal information in public place

    Privacy case note: disclosure of personal information in public place
    Whilst cyber security receives constant publicity, the most obvious privacy breach risk is the disclosure of information in public areas, whether it is an office, a lift, a bus or an airport. In ‘BO’ and AeroCare Pty Ltd [2014]…
  • Apr 15

    Financial Services and Credit Responsible Manager CPD seminar

    Financial Services and Credit Responsible Manager CPD seminar
    Our CPD seminars are taking place in Sydney on 6 May and Brisbane on 13 May. The seminar will focus on the most important regulatory issues affecting financial services responsible managers today including conduct risk, privacy and credit…
Rank this Week: 172

Australian Divorce Blog

Australian Divorce Blog

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

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

    Documents in family law cases can make all the difference

    Documents in family law cases can make all the difference
    One of the differences between social workers and lawyers is that social workers like to listen to people, while lawyers like to use documents. Documents at times can damn someone’s case in court. Many years ago I acted for a mother who…
  • Mar 25

    Avoid the tax slug when you do a family law property settlement

    Avoid the tax slug when you do a family law property settlement
    “The ATO’s slugged me $9,000!” said my new client when she came to see me. “How rich! All I did was a property settlement with my ex.”All of which was true, but what I soon discovered was that my client had not…
  • Mar 24

    Attention to detail wins Family Court case

    Attention to detail wins Family Court case
    I have lost count of the number of cases where my attention to detail made all the difference to whether my client was successful or not in a case. For example, a father swore that his criminal history was attached to his affidavit. When I…
Rank this Week: 620

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/
  • Apr 15

    So you want to make a baby seminar a great succe

    So you want to make a baby seminar a great succe
     (L to R) Michael Condon, Dr Warren DeAmbrosis, me and  David Cleary from the LGBTI Legal Service A seminar on how to make a baby, for those not doing so the old fashioned way, was a resounding success. Nearly 70 attendees made this…
  • Apr 1

    Not all human beings can be classified by sex as either male or female: High Court

    Not all human beings can be classified by sex as either male or female: High Court
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  • Mar 30

    So you want to make a baby: change of venue

    So you want to make a baby: change of venue
    Due to demand, as we are currently expecting 70 attendees, the venue for So You Want to Make a Baby has changed to: UNITING CHURCH HALL 52 Merthyr Rd New Farm The seminar is not now being held at the Qld Aids Council at Newstead.
Rank this Week: 950

ipwars.com

ipwars.com

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

http://ipwars.com
  • Apr 8

    How much did Bugatchi get Bugatti-ed?

    How much did Bugatchi get Bugatti-ed?
    Last October, Tracey J found that Shine Forever had infringed Bugatti’s registered trade mark (for BUGATTI) by selling clothing and accessories under the trade mark BUGATCHI and BUGATCHI UOMO. Now Tracey J has ordered that Shine Forever…
  • Apr 3

    What would Google do [1]

    What would Google do [1]
    The Way of the Warrant: Google has published a video on how it deals with search warrant
  • Apr 2

    Software patents in the USA

    Software patents in the USA
    Yesterday, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the patentability of Alice Corporation's payment system.
Rank this Week: 1183

Patentology

Patentology

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

http://blog.patentology.com.au/
  • Apr 13

    Australian Patent Office Gets Serious About Inventive Step

    Australian Patent Office Gets Serious About Inventive Step
    Cronk v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCA 37 (10 February 2014)The Australian Patent Office has taken the (to my knowledge) unprecedented step of engaging an expert witness to assist in the defence of a Federal Court appeal from a decision…
  • Apr 12

    US Still Seething Over WIPO ‘Computers for Commies’ Deal?

    US Still Seething Over WIPO ‘Computers for Commies’ Deal?
    Fox News has reported that World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Deputy Director General Jim Pooley has filed a ‘Report of Misconduct’ with the legislative branches of WIPO, and with the US Mission in Geneva. …
  • Apr 6

    Patents, Competition and Anticompetitive Conduct

    Patents, Competition and Anticompetitive Conduct
    Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has instituted Federal Court proceedings against Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd (Pfizer) for alleged anticompetitive conduct (misuse of market power…
Rank this Week: 1195

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
  • Apr 1

    What does WTF mean in a legal context?

    What does WTF mean in a legal context?
    WTF is usually thought of as a rude acronym. I've decided to give it a new meaning. During a meeting yesterday I informed a new client start-up that too often new clients make contact with lawyers after a fire has started. They treat…
  • Mar 20

    7 revenue facts in music in 2013

    7 revenue facts in music in 2013
    In about 1987 I attended a music lawyer's seminar at the Arts Law Center in Sydney. I have never forgotten my eyes watering as the experienced music lawyer (Nina Stevenson) described Byzantine contractual complexity such as royalty-related…
  • Mar 8

    Insights on engaging and motivating people

    Insights on engaging and motivating people
    Over the last few decades workplace relations, collaboration and new ways of working have become increasingly topical. Old ideas about organising people, companies and institutions are being proven wrong in today's context. New ideas and…
Rank this Week: 1339

BAZPAT

BAZPAT

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

http://bazpat.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 14

    Tramanco v BPW - The Claims and Description Connection

    Tramanco v BPW - The Claims and Description Connection
    Here's your link. And here's a link to the patent in questionThis judgement has some interesting snippets. It is useful to read as a lesson in claim construction. Some well-known rules are emphasized.A practice note for litigators is set out…
  • Mar 7

    International Applications - Don't Rely on the IPRP

    International Applications - Don't Rely on the IPRP
    Humans are fallible. Nowhere is this more so than in a government department. Bearing this in mind, you need to think very carefully before making the significant financial commitment that is required when entering national phase. When filing…
  • Feb 12

    Public and Private Interests in Extension

    Public and Private Interests in Extension
    Here's an interesting little matter - Innovia Security Pty Ltd v JDS Uniphase Corporation [2014] APO 5In this hearing, the Commissioner's Delegate decided that it was against the public interest to grant an extension where "it had been…
Rank this Week: 2053

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: 2244

Legal Leaders Blog

Legal Leaders Blog

Covers law firm leadership and management. By Sean Larkan.

http://www.legalleadersblog.com
Rank this Week: 2305

In Pursuit of Relevance

In Pursuit of Relevance

Covers e-discovery law and litigation in Austrlia. By Seamus Byrne.

http://www.elitigation.com.au/
Rank this Week: 2786

My Access Australia

My Access Australia

Covers Australian immigration law. By Peng Cheng.

http://myaccessaustralia.com/
  • Mar 9

    Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa

    Significant Investor &amp; Investor &ndash; 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…
  • Jan 5

    Market Salary – 457 Visa Holders & Applicant

    Market Salary &ndash; 457 Visa Holders &amp; Applicant
      One very common question that we get from 457 visa holders is what should I be paid? I can’t tell you the exact amount that you should be paid. However, I can outline how you can determine the salary amount that you should be…
  • Nov 4

    Victoria (VIC) State Sponsorship – 489 & 190 Visa

    Victoria (VIC) State Sponsorship &ndash; 489 &amp; 190 Visa
      This guide will help you determine whether your work experience and qualifications will allow you to apply for one of the eligible Victorian state government sponsored occupations. VIC state sponsorship – eligibility…
Rank this Week: 3020

The Perth Asian Lawyer

The Perth Asian Lawyer

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

http://tanandtanlawyers.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 5

    Chinese New year at Tan and Tan Lawyer

    Chinese New year at Tan and Tan Lawyer
    Dear friendsYes, we are now enjoying the year of the horse. The year is trotting ahead and we are in Feb already celebrating the Chinese New year.As we have done for many years, the office had the Lion Dance celebrations with guest enjoying…
  • Feb 5

    Beijing Tour to improve my Mandarin

    Beijing Tour to improve my Mandarin
    Dear friendsI managed to bring my family to Beijing for a tour just before the new year. It was an eye opener.The family managed to climb the great wall despite it being winter.Highlights included visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden…
  • Dec 20

    The end of year office party

    The end of year office party
    Dear friendsIt has become a tradition for the office to have an end of year semi sporting affair. Last year we had a paintball shootout. A few of the staff still remember their bruises.This year it was up to Melanie and Meliana to organise…
Rank this Week: 3807