Intellectual Property

Who has copyright to animal selfies in Oz - How much can a koala bare?

So, you’re in Australia on holiday and you set the camera for an epic souvenir photo, and a drop bear grabs the camera and snaps a social media world class selfie. Now, who owns the copyright of that image?

While an American court is currently agonising over whether an animal can have copyright to selfie photos, the legal situation in Australia is much clearer according to Brisbane intellectual property law expert Nicole Murdoch.

Bennett & Philp Pursues Australia's Potentially Biggest Legal Market - China

Australian law firms are moving to tap the commercial potential of possibly our biggest legal market – China, as the reality sets in that businesses here ignore the rapidly expanding Chinese market at their peril.

I recently led a delegation from Brisbane law firm Bennett & Philp to China for my third visit to further develop our ongoing connections with Chinese law firms, as part of a push to bid with other prestige law firms for legal work both in China and within Australia.

Bennett & Philp Lawyer Nominated for Prestige Award

Bennett & Philp Lawyers Intellectual Property lawyer Sandy Zhang has been named as a finalist in a prestige awards event recognising young Australian lawyers.

Sandy has been announced as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 awards. Now in its fifth year, the 30 Under 30 awards programme recognises young lawyers striving for professional excellence within their specific practice area.

Ken Philp's decades in brave new world of intellectual property

When Ken Philp entered the world of intellectual property law, the Internet did not exist, nor did mobile phones. Now, computers with artificial intelligence are running complex IP legal cases.

That’s just one of the enormous changes he has experienced in a career field spanning more than 35 years with technology changes that sound like science fiction but are increasingly real.

High Court Confirms Wild Geese Case

The High Court has confirmed a major shakeup of Australia’s intellectual property legal landscape by rejecting a request to appeal against a landmark win by Brisbane IP lawyer Ken Philp, in a case which defines how trade mark holders could lose their marks if not properly used.

The High Court this week effectively endorsed a unanimous decision by five Federal Court judges earlier this year when Mr Philp won an appeal case over the issue of a trade mark owner failing to show proper control and use of their mark.

High Court confirms Brisbane IP Lawyer's win in landmark Wild Geese whiskey war

The High Court has confirmed a major shakeup of Australia’s intellectual property legal landscape by rejecting a request to appeal against a landmark win by Brisbane IP lawyer Ken Philp, in a case which defines how trade mark holders could lose their marks if not properly used.

The High Court this week effectively endorsed a unanimous decision by five Federal Court judges earlier this year when Mr Philp won an appeal case over the issue of a trade mark owner failing to show proper control and use of their mark.

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