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Are Aussies Really Lagging in Innovation as Report Suggests?

Jacqueline Plunkett | February 16th, 2017

A recent report released by Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) found that Australians scored poorly in key areas of innovation compared to other countries. At best, Australians are only incrementally innovative and fail to transfer, apply and commercialise the knowledge they have.

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Apple v. Samsung – The Smartphone Patent Litigation War Continues

Gavin Doherty | December 16th, 2016

In recent mdp newsletters, we have considered US patent litigation matters and the implications of these for many of our clients that have secured, or are considering, Australian and international patent and design registrations. The most recent battles in the ongoing Apple v. Samsung smartphone wars are a prime example of how the hierarchy works …

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New Unfair Contract Term Provisions to Protect Small Businesses – do they apply to you?

Sara-Jane Mok | December 16th, 2016

The unfair contract terms provisions of the national Australian Consumer Law (ACL), which traditionally protect consumers in relation to terms of standard form contracts, have recently been extended to also protect small businesses. The ACL is the national law covering fair trading and consumer protection. From 12 November 2016, the unfair contract terms (UCT) provisions …

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