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Bega owns the dress: do you own your unregistered trade marks?

Kraft has lost its appeal in the Full Court of the Federal Court regarding its claimed ownership of peanut butter packaging trade dress. This is likely to have significant consequences on how businesses protect and commercialise unregistered...

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New ingredient suppliers? Don’t forget the label

Global supply chains have been interrupted due to COVID-19. Given this, businesses with new, temporary suppliers of ingredients need to ensure labels continue to be accurate and compliant with CoOL requirements.

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COVID-19: Code of Conduct for tenancies

The National Cabinet’s mandatory Code of Conduct for commercial tenancies (Code) was released on 7 April 2020. Targeted at SMEs impacted by COVID-19...

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Broke is no joke

Recent developments in the UK have ‘broadened the spectrum’ in favour of creditors, when seeking to wind-up companies. These developments may be extended to...

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Litigation costs: ducking under a high bar

In litigation, the rule of thumb is that the 'loser' pays the 'winner's' costs (this is known as 'costs following the cause'). That said it’s also possible fo...

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Counting the cost of outsourcing (part 3)

Welcome to the third of a 3-part series on the risks associated with offshoring arrangements. Job losses may occur when organisations offshore office functions...

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The ‘valve’ is off on Steam’s refund policy

A battle between ACCC and Valve Corporation (Valve) has ended. The Full Court of the Australian Federal Court ruled that Valve (one of the world’s largest onl...

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Navigating the modern slavery framework

The Modern Slavery Act 2019 (Cth) requires companies with a group annual consolidated revenue over $100 million to publish an annual statement on how they asses...

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Who owns the dress?

Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (Kraft) and Bega Cheese Limited (Bega) disputed who owns the right to sell peanut butter in Australia with the trade dress of 'a j...

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Australia’s first federal modern slavery laws

Australia’s Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) passed through Parliament on 29 November 2018 with strong support from both sides of the House and the Senate. The...

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