The “Barossa Signature” wine trade mark litigation was bottled up: The Federal Court held that Pernod Ricard’s (owner of the Jacobs Creek wine empire) use of BAROSSA SIGNATURE on its wines was not deceptively similar to Yalumba’s registered Australian trade mark no. 805652, THE SIGNATURE.
Some of the technology and intellectual property law highlights from the past 2 weeks or so:
Australians will be able to register domain names in the .AU top-level domain
The Australian government announced a new “Cyber Minister” as part of its cyberstrategy package
The Productivity Commission (Australia) has recommended that the Government clarify that circumventing geoblocks is not copyright infringement, and that patent awards should be more restricted.
Canada’s Privacy Commissioner will investigate the RCMP’s use of “stringrays” and other mobile surveillance devices
The US House of Reps unanimously passed the Email Privacy Bill. If the bill becomes law, US federal agencies would need to get a warrant before searching cloud-stored emails older than 180 days. But it would not require the agency to tell users when they request stored data from a service provider. The bill must still pass the US Senate before it becomes law.