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High Court of Australia and the James Hardie Case: Important Implications for Company Directors

The High Court of Australia (HCA) has upheld a guilty verdict against the Directors of James Hardie (JH). The judgment has a number of very important implications for company directors because, in the view of their Honours, it “raises issues of considerable public importance”. If you are a company director or an advisor to a … Read More

Rights to an Employee’s Invention – UWA v Gray two years on

The decision of the Full Federal Court in University of Western Australia v Gray sent ripples (if not shockwaves) through academia and its research partners (see our earlier article here). A little over two years on, the Gray decision has often been cited but has infrequently been subject to further consideration. Although of limited value as an … Read More

Three FAL lawyers named as world leaders in patent and technology law by IAM Licensing

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Licensing has again named and recommended three FAL Lawyers in its list of the World’s 250 Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers: Peter Francis, Jenni Lightowlers and Jason Watson. According to IAM, “Only those practitioners generating a high degree of positive feedback, as well as a demonstrable record of top-drawer work and a … Read More

You may not have the IP Rights you think you have!

The decision of Justice French of the Federal Court in University of Western Australia v Gray (No 20) [2008] FCA 498 should prompt industry partners to review the strategies they use to secure intellectual property (IP) rights in collaborations with universities and other research entities. Although the decision ultimately was based on specific circumstances, it is significant … Read More

Impact of Moral Rights on R&D

Synopsis This article examines the ways in which moral rights can significantly impact on research projects, and the practical steps that should be taken to deal with them. Pitfalls of moral rights in research projects Moral rights in Australia are rights related to copyright material that became recognised under the Copyright Act. There are three … Read More

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