Industry 4.0 Revolution: new trends in smart manufacturing

Industry 4.0 is revolutionising our factory floors and enabling new personalised ways of manufacturing. We invite you to explore disruptive trends in the manufacturing industry powered by technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality. Sheda went to Hannover Messe in Germany, the world’s biggest manufacturing industry fair, to uncover the state of the …

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IoT: the ultimate solution?

Australia’s burgeoning agtech ecosystem barely existed three years ago. Yet, it’s the dawn of a new era for the country’s agricultural sector with technologies such as machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics improving crop output, yield predictions, disease control, and farm management. The newest edition of The Gatherer examines some of the big changes happening in food production …

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Canada’s Trade Mark law is changing

On 17 June 2019, Canada’s trade mark law will be overhauled. One of the biggest changes is the adoption of the Nice Classification – an international classification system of goods and services.  Up to now, Canada has not used any classification system when filing trade marks, which allowed owners to register their marks across a wide range of goods and …

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Is your ship at risk of sinking due to Trade Mark pirates?

Counterfeiting is a widespread issue that involves the manufacture and distribution of goods using another person’s name or trade mark without their permission. The implication of such practices has the potential to affect brand owners across many industries – from manufacturers of traditional branded luxury goods items, to those across the automotive, pharmaceuticals, software, entertainment, toys, food and wine industries. …

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Tackling the commercialisation conundrum

Australia has a strong history of world-leading R&D and commitment to innovation. Refrigeration, heart pacemaker, black box flight recorder, ultrasound, cochlear implants, spray on skin, WIFI, and the bionic eye all came out of Australia. And let’s not forget Vegemite, the Hills Hoist, the wine cask the box kite and Australian Rules Football too! We are fortunate to be home …

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A unique approach to patents

One of the greatest perceived barriers to obtaining a patent in Australia is the cost and time involved. However, Australia has a unique two-tiered patent system which can fast-track obtaining patents, and potentially postpone the post-filing cost of prosecuting the patent indefinitely. Our system comprises ‘standard patents’, which last up to 20 years, and ‘innovation patents’ which have a maximum …

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Battle of the brands: Nirvana sues Marc Jacobs for copyright

The estate of band Nirvana is suing fashion designer Marc Jacobs, along with Saks and Neiman Marcus, for copyright infringement following the release of their “Redux Grunge” collection. The collection was created to pay tribute to the infamous grunge era and features a t-shirt using the iconic Nirvana smiley face logo. Jacobs filed a notice of dismissal, arguing that the copyright …

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New restrictions on contractual rights to terminate for insolvency

The federal government has recently introduced reforms to Australia’s insolvency and restructuring laws to provide companies under financial stress an opportunity to trade out of their difficulty. A key part of the reform package is the introduction of a new “ipso facto” regime, which restricts the ability of a party to terminate a contract and exercise other contractual rights in …

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