13 December 2022
From Smart Contract to Interpol Red Notice – Developer Liability
Companies and individual developers in the web 3.0 space may not be aware but, as smart contract programs gain wider reach, they will be increasingly scrutinised and potentially vulnerable to civil and criminal liability
06 December 2022
Red card or fair play? Ambush marketing back in the news as FIFA World Cup kicks off
Ambush marketing can be an impactful, but legally risky, advertising strategy. Businesses that are the subject of, or otherwise engaging in, ambush marketing should consider potential infringement of the target brand’s intellectual property rights.
30 November 2022
On Just Terms Podcast Series
Australia is a litigious country - we meet with Australia's leading legal and commercial minds to discuss how to manage the corporate risk landscape. Join host Jason Betts, Disputes Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, as he interviews the people on the front lines of this changing environment.
24 August 2022
High Court gamble does not pay out for computer-implemented inventions in Australia
The High Court of Australia has delivered an equal-split judgment on the question of patentability of computer-implemented inventions. As a result, an appeal from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, 1 which found that Aristocrat’s patent claims to electronic gaming...
11 August 2022
When notification and disclosure collide
A claim under a Directors and Officers liability policy for investigation, defence and settlement costs has ended with the New South Wales Supreme Court 1 allowing some claims but denying others. The decision is a reminder of the importance of robust internal insurance reporting processes, and of...
12 July 2022
Australian court rejects insurance declinature, highlighting complexity of non-disclosure issues
A recent decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court 1 demonstrates the scepticism with which courts will view insurers who say they would have acted differently had certain material been disclosed to them.
25 March 2022
First things first: Full Federal Court clarifies the law on patent term extensions
Last week, a Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia handed down two unanimous decisions on appeal, clearing up some key uncertainties in the application of Australia’s patent term extension (PTE) regime.
24 February 2022
Covid-19 Business Interruption Insurance – Insurers Win Appeals in Second ICA Test Case and Star Casino Claim
The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (3 judges) has generally confirmed the first instance decisions in the Second ICA Test Case 1 and the Star Casino Claim 2 – largely agreeing that the insurers are not liable for certain claims arising from COVID-19 related interruptions to business.
20 January 2022
Landmark Australian class actions book launches third edition
Following a period of evolution in the class actions market, the highly practical third edition of Class Actions in Australia is now available. An essential guide for any legal practitioner involved in class actions, the book provides complete coverage of class action law in Australia.
23 December 2021
Is it game over for computer-implemented inventions in Australia?
The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has provided some clarity on assessing whether computer-implemented inventions constitute patentable subject matter, finding that Aristocrat’s patent claims to electronic gaming machines with particular gaming features were not a “manner of...
17 December 2021
Online Privacy Bill and Privacy Act Discussion Paper: Increased Enforcement Risk and Regulatory Change
As explored in our earlier briefing article, the recent release of the exposure draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021 (the Exposure Draft) and the Privacy Act Review – Discussion Paper (the Discussion Paper ) canvass a wide array of...
03 February 2023
New UAE Commercial Agencies Law comes into force
Last year, we published an e-bulletin on the key changes that had been announced to the draft UAE Commercial Agencies Law. Following the passage of Federal Law No. 3/2022 in December 2022 (the " Commercial Agencies Law "), these changes are now in-force. Below we have provided a re-cap of the key...
25 January 2023
M&A STANDPOINT: Formal sale processes: A useful tool to solicit offers or a last resort?
FSPs were created to encourage a competitive and confidential sale process under the Takeover Code, but often they may signal that a company has run out of options. However, a number of companies have elected to launch FSPs in recent months, so when is an FSP is the right choice for a company?
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Automotive Electric and digital revolutions still drive M&A
The automotive sector is currently experiencing two inflection points at the same time: an electric vehicle revolution, as the industry transitions from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) including battery electric vehicles (BEV) as part of the wider...
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Consumer 2022 was a challenging year compared to 2021
M&A in the consumer sector slowed throughout 2022 as compared to the buoyant trends in 2021. Macro-economic issues and global headwinds have meant a tougher environment for consumers, particularly with record-breaking inflation adding to the cost of living and turning the screws on household...