14 December 2005
Welcome to the final edition of Clayton Utz Intellectual Property & IT Insights for 2005. Television might have been around for half a century, but has the law caught up with protecting its format? The answer might surprise you.
Two contentious issues in patents - experimental use and what is patentable - are at the fore this month. Not only is experimenting with patented technology tricky, but the test for patenting an invention might be getting harder to pass.
We'll also find out whether a director or a company owns the director's inventions, and look at some developments in Government and IP.
Finally we'd like to wish you season's greetings, and hope you have a relaxing break, so you're ready for the New Year's challenges.
By John Fairbairn.
By Nicholas Tyacke and Rohan Higgins.
By Peter Knight.
Small start-ups often have the main inventor as a director. Who owns the inventions - the inventor/ director or the company? Peter Knight explores this tricky area and what can be done to protect companies and inventors.
By Cynthia Sargent.
By Simon Turnill.
In the case of software, when can copying the way another software package works, as opposed to its code, amount to copyright infringement? Simon Turnill looks for answers in a recent UK case.
By Jamie Doran.
By Andrew Hynd.
The latest Queensland Government Information Technology Contracting Framework is a significant advance on the previous model, as Andrew Hynd explains.