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Month: December 2020

Issuing valid invoices under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act; when does an entitlement to the invoiced amount arise and consequences of invalid invoices

The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (the Act) serves to act as an alternative to traditional litigation for the recovery of unpaid invoices and payments claims in the construction industry, with the benefit of being a quicker method of resolution. However, as a trade-off for such speed efficiency is the … Read More

Intellectual Property Summary

In this briefing, we provide an overarching summary of the key types of intellectual property being: Confidential Information Patents Copyright Trade marks – unregistered and registered Registered designs Plant Variety Rights 1. Confidential Information Example: Secret information about how a mouse trap works Protection: Requires strict secrecy Duration: Protected until publicly disclosed, including if independently … Read More

New Year – Trade Mark Checklist for 2021

With the beginning of the new year, it is important that you reflect on where you are and what you hope to achieve with your trade mark portfolio.  Whilst a ten-year renewal period for trade marks tends to encourage a ‘register and forget’ attitude, you can leverage and maximise your trade marks portfolio through regular … Read More

Deadline for Victorian Local Councils: Update your Councillor Code of Conduct

This is the second of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the new Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria. Victorian local Councils must adopt an updated Councillor Code of Conduct (CCC) by 24 February 2021 to be compliant with the new statutory requirements set … Read More

The Local Government Act 2020 (Vic)

This is the first of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the new Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria. In broad terms, the new Act will replace the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic) (the old Act), which sets out the roles and responsibilities of … Read More

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