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  • Date: 30 Sep 2014
    What standard should be met to obtain an extension of time to file evidence in patent opposition proceedings? Since the introduction of the Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (Raising the Bar) Regulation 2013 (No.1), what constitutes ‘reasonable, prompt and diligent’ action has required clarification. The recent decision of Mineral Technologies Pty Ltd v Orekinetics Investments Pty Ltd [2014] APO 63 (the Orekinetics decision) provides insight into what constitutes an adequate explanation for obtaining an extension to file evidence in answer.
  • Date: 30 Sep 2014
    This is the second instalment of our three part series examining standard lease terminology. This article looks at the term ‘fair wear and tear’. Irrespective of the type of premises leased, most commercial leases require the tenant to keep the premises in good repair, fair wear and tear excepted. The question for both landlords and tenants is what is ‘fair wear and tear’ and what is the scope of this exception?
  • Date: 26 Sep 2014
    Since the introduction of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) there has been very little case law concerning the interpretation of its provisions. On Wednesday, 24 September 2014, the Federal Court of Australia delivered a decision confirming that a failure to properly perfect a security interest in the shadow of insolvency, will result in the vesting of the personal property in the insolvent estate.
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