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Trademark ownership and social media: Who owns what?

12:40PM | Friday, 6 December 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

Kyle and Jackie O’s recent trademark battle with radio station owner Southern Cross Austereo has raised some critical legal questions about the ownership of social media accounts. Here’s how it impacts your business.

WikiLeaks documents show Australia could adopt much of the US copyright regime

11:31PM | Thursday, 14 November 2013 | Myriam Robin

Leaked documents from the negotiations of one of the world’s most secretive free trade agreements show Australian businesses could soon be subject to the worst aspects of the American copyright regime.

What to do if a confidentiality agreement is breached

7:51PM | Monday, 15 July 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

The theft of your company secrets can damage your business – especially if you run a tech start-up. Here are four steps your business you need to take if you find out your confidentiality agreements have been broken.

Melbourne gym ordered to stop ‘Superman Workout’ following legal battle with DC Comics

5:41PM | Thursday, 23 May 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

It’s not often a superhero makes an appearance in a Federal Court case, but Warner Brothers has won a legal battle against a Melbourne gym over the rights to the term ‘Superman Workout’.

“True-blue” company forced to take patented technology to Texas

2:58PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of Victorian company FreshBins has highlighted the importance of having a good patent attorney, after lamenting the lack of local investment in FreshBins’ patented technology.

Can we trademark a unique logo with a generic business name?

2:16PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Craig Yeung

While this is a complicated situation, there are a few important things you need to know before you visit the trademark office.

Why lawyers are failing start-ups

2:08PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Oliver Milman

There are many regulations you need to deal with when starting a business. However, how many traditional law firms aren’t designed to help new start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

US media company Business Insider takes NSW start-up to court over name

2:04PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Oliver Milman

A NSW online media start-up has been hit by legal action taken by a similarly named rival, New York-based firm The Business Insider, which claims the Australian enterprise is guilty of “misleading and deceptive” conduct by using the moniker.

Six key things needed to boost Aussie innovation: Report

11:00AM | Friday, 9 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new Federal Government-commissioned report has outlined six key initiatives to drive Australian innovation, including improving the way commercial agreements are negotiated and helping businesses better engage with researchers.

How to hurdle Australia’s tough new patent laws

10:40PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Nina Hendy

Changes to the country’s patent laws require start-ups to prove their big ideas are truly innovative. Here’s what you need to know. BY NINA HENDY.

The empty office, postmodern-style

10:00PM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Taskmaster

Taskmaster Enterprises has just invested in a broken John Deere combine harvester. However, in an empty office, there are good reasons why it’s an important business investment.

Complaints mount as national Business Names Register struggles

10:25PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The national business name register is continuing to give start-ups headaches.

Government mulls IP crackdown on “weak” patents

9:46PM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government is considering tough new standards for innovation patents to stop large companies from abusing Australia’s IP system, admitting weaker patents can “create problems”.

US start-up kicked off Kickstarter following IP infringement claims

9:19PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A US start-up accused of intellectual property infringement says it was kicked off Kickstarter just 10 hours before its campaign was due to end, highlighting the potential risks of crowdfunding.

New IP laws set to penalise “quick and dirty” patent applications

9:51PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A patent expert has issued some advice about Australia’s new intellectual property and patenting laws, urging start-ups to refrain from rushing into a “quick and dirty” patent application.

Five ways to stay ahead of the copycats

8:18PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

These days, cheap imitations are as common as bad Elvis impersonators on karaoke night. So here are five ways to protect your business from copycats who want to step on your blue suede shoes. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Five intellectual property mistakes start-ups must avoid

6:53PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Alarming new statistics reveal that 70% of all micro businesses have no intellectual property protection. If you’ve worked hard to develop your big business idea, here are five mistakes you can’t afford to make. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Seven in 10 Aussie micro businesses have no IP protection: ABS

6:29PM | Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 70% of businesses with zero to four staff use no intellectual property protection methods, according to an alarming Australian Bureau of Statistics report.

Google tax bill prompts call for local IP development boost

5:00PM | Monday, 28 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Creating more R&D incentives and improving capital markets have been cited as potential drivers of intellectual property and tax revenue in Australia, in the wake of revelations of Google Australia’s modest tax bill.

Swinburne start-up Relivit wins global award for IP prowess

5:39PM | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Relivit, a Swinburne University student start-up, has won a $5,000 global award for the strength of its business plan with regard to intellectual property rights.

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