Modern Slavery Act 2018

What You Need To Know About the Modern Slavery Act 2018

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the ‘Act’) entered into force on 1 January 2019 and its aim is to combat modern slavery in global supply chains. Modern slavery describes situations of serious exploitation and can include situations of human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage and child labour. It describes situations […]


2019 World’s Most Innovative Countries Ranked by Global Innovation Index

Together with INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires) and Cornell University, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published the 12th edition of the 2019 Global Innovation Index (GII). The GII ranks 129 economies using 80 indicators that include research and development investments, international patent and trade mark applications, mobile phone app creations, and high-tech […]


Brave New World: Welcome to the Gig Economy!

The concept of work is changing and people are embracing it. Ask your Uber driver! There is a trend that has boomed in the past decade due to the rise of freelance based companies like Uber, Airbnb, Deliveroo, and Upwork. What is the Gig Economy? The gig economy is a virtual market where temporary work […]


New Amendments to Australia’s IP Laws: Parallel Importation

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (the Act) is introducing new changes to Australia’s IP regime. This article will consider some of the major changes to parallel importations introduced by the Act and how these impact upon the current IP regime. What is parallel importation? Parallel […]


Intellectual Property Commercialisation

For many Australian companies, China represents a substantial market share or at least the potential to increase the size of a company’s business. Integration into the Chinese market, however, can be a significant challenge for businesses and can come at a risk to any existing or future IP Rights of that business. This article offers […]