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The Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2017 (Cth) (the Act) which will come into operation on 20 April 2019, establishing an independent complaints mechanism for Commonwealth procurement. The Act provides suppliers with the right to seek judicial review of contraventions of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) by a Commonwealth procuring entity.
From to time to time, software vendors will approach your organisation seeking to conduct a software licensing audit. This is particularly frequent in relation to end of life software, which is perhaps embedded deep within your IT system. Needless to say the vendors are seeking opportunities to maximise revenue from your organisation and things can quickly get out of hand with the vendor demanding enormous amounts of money and even purporting to terminate your software licence on the basis of infringement.
So you’ve concocted an invention that you’re thinking of patenting, what next? Keeping your invention secret is an important start, since any public disclosure may invalidate your later patent application. But what can you do while your invention remains secret? Can you conduct experiments? Can you make money? Can you make money while conducting experiments?
For the third consecutive year, we are delighted to announce that Francis Abourizk Lightowlers (FAL Lawyers) founding partner, Jenni Lightowlers, has been recognised for Excellence in Client Service in the Health and Life Sciences category at the 2017 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Awards.
When new IP is created, the desire to get it ‘out there’ is understandable. This is particularly so where the IP requires further development, has commercial potential, or originates from a researcher with a public benefit mandate. In the eagerness to license the IP, it is important to ensure that for all licences to rights granted, the IP owner has the rights to grant the licence.