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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/
  • Apr 29

    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 2015 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…
  • 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
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Patentology

Patentology

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

http://blog.patentology.com.au/
  • Feb 18

    What IP Australia Does Not Tell You: If You Want a Patent, You Should Hire a Patent Attorney!

    What IP Australia Does Not Tell You: If You Want a Patent, You Should Hire a Patent Attorney!
    The next time anybody asks me what they need to do to obtain a patent for something they have invented, I shall tell them just one thing: first, find yourself a patent attorney.  Not me, obviously, since I am not currently providing…
  • Feb 15

    USPTO Board Terminates CRISPR Patent Interference

    USPTO Board Terminates CRISPR Patent Interference
    On Wednesday 15 February 2017, the US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) handed down its much-anticipated decision in the patent interference proceedings initiated by the University of California…
  • Feb 10

    Is This The Exact Day That IP Australia Turned on ‘Business Method’ Patents?

    Is This The Exact Day That IP Australia Turned on ‘Business Method’ Patents?
    On 30 October 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) handed down its en banc decision in In re Bilski, affirming the rejection of patent claims directed to a method of hedging risks in commodities trading.  I have…
Rank this Week: 731

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: 894

Regulation tomorrow

Regulation tomorrow

By Norton Rose Fulbright. Offers resources on the global financial services regulatory environment. It reports on financial services regulatory developments and provides insights and commentary across Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

http://www.regulationtomorrow.com/
  • Feb 21

    Member States experts continue discussions on CRR 2 / CRD 5 proposal

    Member States experts continue discussions on CRR 2 / CRD 5 proposal
    Last week representatives of Member States met to discuss the European Commission’s November 2016 proposals for amendments to the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR 2) and Directive (CRD 5). The proposed amendments, among other…
  • Feb 21

    Joint Committee of ESAs opinion on money laundering and terrorist financing risk

    Joint Committee of ESAs opinion on money laundering and terrorist financing risk
    The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) have jointly published an opinion addressed to the European Commission on the risks of money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing affecting the EU’s financial sector. The opinion is…
  • Feb 21

    IOSCO concludes that at this stage further work on loan funds is not merited

    IOSCO concludes that at this stage further work on loan funds is not merited
    The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has published its final report setting out its findings following a survey on loan funds.  There are two types of loan funds: a loan originating fund whose strategy allows…
Rank this Week: 1372

Health Law Pulse

Health Law Pulse

Covers healthcare enforcement and regulations. By Norton Rose Fulbright.

http://www.thehealthlawpulse.com/
  • Feb 20

    News from DC – Immigration

    News from DC – Immigration
    On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” (EO) barring foreign nationals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and…
  • Feb 20

    News from DC – President Trump’s Executive Order & Congressional Action to Repeal ACA

    News from DC – President Trump’s Executive Order & Congressional Action to Repeal ACA
    Repeal and Replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) On January 12 and 13, 2017, the 115th Congress set the stage for the Trump administration by passing a budget resolution to repeal major provisions of the ACA with…
  • Feb 20

    News from DC – Reducing Regulation

    News from DC – Reducing Regulation
    January 20, 2017 Memorandum from Reince Priebus On January 20, 2017, the White House issued a memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. In the memorandum, Reince Priebus, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff,…
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IP Iustitia

IP Iustitia

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

http://www.ipiustitia.com
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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/
  • Feb 13

    Please help Pride Munyonyo

    Please help Pride Munyonyo
    On Valentines Day, it's good to focus on those who are doing it tough. There are probably few LGBTI people doing it as tough as the LGBTI people in Uganda. While homosexuality amongst men has remained criminalised in much of Africa, and gay…
  • Feb 13

    We hold hands, they point fingers and throw stare

    We hold hands, they point fingers and throw stare
    A week and a half ago, my husband Mitch and I were walking home- and copped "faggots" from a  complete stranger. This happens too often.  It shouldn't have happened at all. It is certainly not the worst we have been called. It…
  • Feb 8

    South Australian shadow Attorney-General calls for commercial surrogacy

    South Australian shadow Attorney-General calls for commercial surrogacy
    The South Australian Deputy Opposition Leader, and shadow Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman, has called for commercial surrogacy to be legalised, to minimise the number of intended parents going to develpoing countries for surrogacy. She…
Rank this Week: 1700

The Hydraulic Fracking Blog

The Hydraulic Fracking Blog

Focuses on the legal issues impacting the fracking industry in response to the increasing importance of natural gas and shale, in particular, in the US energy mix. Provides commentary and analysis on all aspects of exploring and producing this abundant resource including regulatory, environmental and legislative developments. By Norton Rose Fulbright.

http://www.hydraulicfrackingblog.com/
  • Jan 20

    PA Department of Environmental Protection’s negotiating power fracked

    PA Department of Environmental Protection’s negotiating power fracked
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) may see new challenges in negotiating settlements with purported violators of Pennsylvania’s Clean Stream Law.  A recent Pennsylvania appellate court ruled that ongoing…
  • Dec 22

    Quarterly Legislative Activity Update: Marcellus and Utica Shale Region

    Quarterly Legislative Activity Update: Marcellus and Utica Shale Region
    Our Norton Rose Fulbright Pittsburgh-Southpointe practice tracks legislative activity that we believe may impact oil and gas development within the Marcellus and Utica shale regions (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio). This Quarterly…
  • Nov 22

    Challenge to UK planning permission for fracking

    Challenge to UK planning permission for fracking
    Community group ‘Preston New Road Action Group’ (PNRAG) has taken further action to challenge the government’s decision to allow fracking of shale gas at a site near Little Plumpton, Lancashire (the Plumpton Site). As…
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Wayne Dawkins Lawyers' Perth…

Wayne Dawkins Lawyers' Perth Family Law Blog

Covers divorce and separation in Australia.

http://www.waynedawkinslaw.com.au/blog/
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ipwars.com

ipwars.com

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

http://ipwars.com
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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
  • Mar 22

    Hidden costs of trade mark registration

    Hidden costs of trade mark registration
    Few people in business, and few lawyers, appreciate the importance of integrating design and legal thinking in the two related processes of brand design and trade mark registration. Experienced trade mark lawyers know that not all trade…
  • Mar 22

    Transitioning China into a global IP power

    Transitioning China into a global IP power
    “When the wind of change blows, some build walls while others build windmills.” If you had to choose a word or phrase to describe China, what would it be? Populous? Changing fast? What about innovative? That is in fact…
  • Mar 16

    Are bloggers journalists?

    Are bloggers journalists?
    Are bloggers and those who post in social media journalists are Australian law? The question has important legal implications. The answer varies greatly depending on the area of law or legal context. A great deal has been written on the…
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Data Protection Report

Data Protection Report

Covers global privacy, data protection and cybersecurity regulatory and litigation environment. By Norton Rose Fulbright.

http://www.dataprotectionreport.com/
  • Feb 19

    UK Court of Appeal Rules that Exemptions to Access Rights are Construed Narrowly

    UK Court of Appeal Rules that Exemptions to Access Rights are Construed Narrowly
    Under the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA“), data subjects have rights to obtain copies of their personal information through a data subject access request (“DSAR“). Data subjects frequently use DSARs to obtain…
  • Feb 7

    Settlement of Target Data Breach Consumer Class Action Is Derailed On Appeal

    Settlement of Target Data Breach Consumer Class Action Is Derailed On Appeal
    The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals last week reversed the district court’s approval of a settlement and settlement class in the consolidated consumer class action arising from Target Corporation’s 2013 security incident. …
  • Jan 30

    NIST Releases Internet of Things (IoT) Security Guidance

    NIST Releases Internet of Things (IoT) Security Guidance
    Late last year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released  Special Publication 800-160 (the “Guidance”) on implementing security in Internet-of-Things (“IoT”) devices. …
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Australian Divorce Blog

Australian Divorce Blog

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

http://australiandivorce.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 7

    SA to set up a relationships register

    SA to set up a relationships register
    Following action by the Weatherill government, South Australia has reviewed its laws concerning LGBTI people, resulting in the passing of a bill to set up a relationships register in South Australia. The relationships register, to commence…
  • Jan 7

    The top 10 ways to get over the Christmas disaster

    The top 10 ways to get over the Christmas disaster
    Christmas is one of those times when, according to the films, romance is in the air and the world is all of sparkle with love. All too often, it is full of pain and misery as couples split up, burdened by heat, flies, debt and those God…
  • Dec 17

    Family Court recognises US pre-birth surrogacy order

    Family Court recognises US pre-birth surrogacy order
    Family Court of Australia court registers US pre-birth surrogacy order In a groundbreaking decision, for the first time ever, the Family Court of Australia has registered a US surrogacy order. The effect of the Australian order means, that…
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The Perth Asian Lawyer

The Perth Asian Lawyer

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

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

    Tan and Tan Lawyers supporting the An Yu Annual Junior Badminton Tournament

    Tan and Tan Lawyers supporting the An Yu Annual Junior Badminton Tournament
    Dear friendsWe are again sponsoring the Junior badminton players at the An Yu Annual Junior Tournament. See you there this Sat.
  • Jun 30

    Chinese paper report on CEO Sleepout

    Chinese paper report on CEO Sleepout
  • Jun 24

    The 2016 CEO Sleepout

    The 2016 CEO Sleepout
    Dear friends4 Amigos who have slept out for 7 years in a row. Shane Ball, Ray Tan, Barry Felstead and Bob BollenShen, Sean Shwe and Ray Tan Soup kitchenThe view from the 4th floorShen in his sleeping spotIt was a tough night last night.…
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BAZPAT

BAZPAT

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

http://bazpat.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 30

    CQMS v Bradken Resource

    CQMS v Bradken Resource
    Case: CQMS Pty Ltd v Bradken Resources Pty Limited [2016] FCA 847.Judge: Dowsett J.NotesConstruction of mechanical claimsWear assemblies and ground engaging tools for mining and constructionPatent Attorneys should not be sending out…
  • Aug 30

    Case: Orion Corporation v Actavis Pty…

    Case: Orion Corporation v Actavis Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 909 (21 August 2015)Judge: Rares JA combination of three known active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) called levodopa, carbidopa and entacapone, and methods of producing that…
  • Aug 23

    Unjustifiable Threats - Innovation Patent

    Unjustifiable Threats - Innovation Patent
    Case: BLH Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd v Pro 3 Products Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 833 Notes:Novelty - Firestone - Signpost quote - Meyers Taylor Pty Limited v Vicarr Industries Ltd [1977] HCA 19Threats made before innovation…
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My Access Australia

My Access Australia

Covers Australian immigration law. By Peng Cheng.

http://myaccessaustralia.com/
  • Mar 15

    Renewing Permanent Residency – 155 & 157 Resident Return Visa

    Renewing Permanent Residency – 155 & 157 Resident Return Visa
    . Is your Australian permanent residency visa about to expire? Or has it expired already? Do you need to apply for a visa in order to travel overseas and return to Australia? You may be able to apply for a Subclass 155 Resident Return…
  • Apr 12

    Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) – Subclass 186 Visa

    Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) – Subclass 186 Visa
      The Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa is a permanent residency visa that requires the sponsorship of a nominating employer. There are two separate pathways or streams for the 186 visa. You can satisfy the requirements…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4257

paulmaharg.com

paulmaharg.com

Largely legal education, curriculum design, rhetoric and digital technologies. Regulation and global legal education. Occasionally law and literature. Very occasionally, Scottish independence.

http://paulmaharg.com
  • Nov 9

    Supports Open Acce

    Supports Open Acce
    All three of my regular readers will know this blog’s commitment Open Access, not just in education (OER), not just in collaboration between institutions, but in Open Access to research as well.  Lingua is one of the…
  • Sep 28

    The experiential photograph

    The experiential photograph
    A couple of folk have asked about the banner photos.  The one above, an autumn photo, was taken at the weekend on the Cuillins, Skye, near the cloud line, from the shoulder of Sron na Ciche, on our way to climb Sgurr Dearg and An…
  • Aug 4

    Digital Research Literacies, part 2

    Digital Research Literacies, part 2
    ‘Literacies’ might suggest a basic set of competencies, one that’s highly teleological, but I mean the very opposite of it — a complex unbounded, uncertain collection of capabilities, awarenesses and moral…
Rank this Week: 3736

Legal Leaders Blog

Legal Leaders Blog

Covers law firm leadership and management. By Sean Larkan.

http://www.legalleadersblog.com
  • Sep 5

    New angle on NewLaw

    New angle on NewLaw
    My colleague Jordan Furlong and I penned an article in August 2014 on NewLaw  for the ALPMA website. In that we defined NewLaw as “any strategy, structure, model, process or way of delivering legal services that…
  • Aug 4

    Determine your law firm’s destiny

    Determine your law firm’s destiny
    The way legal services are delivered to clients and how firms are structured to do so, should undergo a significant transformation. This must also be factored into planning for the future.…
  • Aug 1

    Don’t rush to join the ‘anti-Performance Review’ herd!

    Don’t rush to join the ‘anti-Performance Review’ herd!
    It seems a momentum is developing in the corporate world for organisations to move away from performance reviews, certainly the once a year, formal jobs. It is only a matter of time before this trend gets some traction within the…
Rank this Week: 3643

Primary Opinion

Primary Opinion

Covers corporate, employment, IP and privacy news.

http://primaryopinion.com/
  • Nov 27

    Social media marketing for lawyers and law firm

    Social media marketing for lawyers and law firm
    Law firms of all sizes are now embracing social media as a means to showcase expertise and reach new customers. But, opening a Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ account is only the first part of the process. Here are five pointers for realising…
  • Oct 13

    Legal opinion round up: CJEU’s ruling on registering 3D object trademark

    Legal opinion round up: CJEU’s ruling on registering 3D object trademark
    3D shape marks took another battering at the end of September with the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruling that such trademarks can be declared invalid if the shape can be linked ‘essentially’ or ‘substantially’ to…
  • Oct 7

    Meet our independent blogger

    Meet our independent blogger
    Our new content portal www.primaryopinion.com draws together the best of the IP industry’s news, commentary and knowledge, so that IP professionals, in-house counsel and business heads can access it on one up-to-date platform. That…
Rank this Week: 3330

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…
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