Damages slashed in Apple v Samsung

A US Judge has slashed the US$1.05 billion in damages awarded to Apple in their ongoing patent dispute with Samsung, and a new trial has been ordered.  The original order against Samsung was handed down on August 31 2012 and was Apple’s single largest victory in their numerous suits against Samsung for alleged violation of […] Read more »

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TCP Code Requirements Effective 1 March

From the Communications Alliance Ltd:  The new Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code requires all Australian service providers to give customers a standardised format “Critical Information Summary” (CIS) outlining everything needed to make an informed purchase, and/or to readily compare offers from different providers. In addition, new billing requirements also taking effect on 1 March mean […] Read more »

Samsung questions Apple patents

From ZDNet:  In the ongoing patent dispute between Apple and Samsung in the Australian Federal Court, Samsung counsel Richard Cobden has questioned the validity of the Apple gesture patents that Samsung is alleged to have infringed, stating that a “beautiful or elegant” gesture is not something that can be patented. The long-running case kicked off […] Read more »

Closer ties across the Tasman as ACCC and NZCC sign cooperation agreement

From the ACCC:  A cooperation agreement was signed today allowing the New Zealand Commerce Commission to share compulsorily acquired information and provide investigative assistance to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The cooperation arrangement is required under NZ law before the NZCC can consider whether compulsorily acquired information should be shared with another international agency. […] Read more »

ACCC Telecommunications Reports: Prices fall, interest in broadband grows

From the ACCC:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Telecommunications Reports 2011–12, tabled today in Parliament, show consumers continue to benefit through falling prices for telecommunication services. Prices paid by consumers for telecommunications services fell by 2.2 per cent in real terms in 2011 12. Prices are now almost 20 per cent lower than they […] Read more »

OAIC report: Open public sector information: from principles to practice

From the OAIC:  The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has launched a new report that examines how Australian Government agencies manage public sector information.  The report, entitled Open public sector information: from principles to practice discusses the challenges and practical obstacles that agencies face in embracing an open data, proactive disclosure approach. The […] Read more »

ACCC invites comment on the policies and procedures for the list of NBN POIs

From the ACCC:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today released a consultation paper inviting comment on the policies and procedures that relate to the identification of listed Points of Interconnection (POIs) to the National Broadband Network (NBN). In November 2012, the ACCC published the list of POIs to the NBN as required by section […] Read more »

The fog of law and cloud computing

From the Sydney Morning Herald:  Data sovereignty and privacy concerns resulting from the extension of US-government mass-surveillance powers raised in an EU report publicised last week should not dissuade Australian businesses from actively considering and adopting cloud computing services, legal experts say. The reach of the US Patriot Act – which essentially compels US companies […] Read more »

Google Sues British Telecom in Retaliation for Android Lawsuit

From Cellular News:  Google has launched a patent lawsuit against UK based landline operator, British Telecom (BT) as the two sides escalate a patent battle. BT had initiated the fight in late 2011 after it sued Google over a series of mobile patents which it said were being infringed in Android smartphones. Google has now […] Read more »

Federal Court provides clarity on internet simulcasting

From the Australian Copyright Council:  The Federal Court has unanimously ruled in favor of artists and recording labels, by overturning a previous decision regarding internet simulcasts. The PPCA (representing the artists and recording labels) in its press release reports that it “has won a declaration that internet simulcasts of radio programs fall outside the definition […] Read more »

Australia and New Zealand Publish Report into Trans-Tasman Roaming Costs

From Cellular News:  A joint report by the Australian and New Zealand governments into the cost of trans-Tasman roaming has recommended increased powers for their telecoms regulators to intervene in the market. The governments have both accepted the report’s recommendations and decided to extend these to other markets. The New Zealand government said that the […] Read more »

ACCC directs Telstra to amend measures developed under its Migration Plan

From the ACCC:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has directed Telstra to improve four processes that will support the migration of customers onto the National Broadband Network. The processes are referred to in Telstra’s Migration Plan as Required Measures and relate to: the disconnection of services (from copper or HFC networks) that have […] Read more »

Google appeal upheld by High Court

From the ACCC:   The High Court of Australia has unanimously upheld Google Inc.’s appeal from a judgment of the Full Federal Court that found that Google had contravened the Trade Practices Act 1974 by engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct. The ACCC will carefully review the judgment of the High Court to understand whether it […] Read more »

Smartphones use doubles in 2012

From the ACMA:   Almost half of Australia’s adult population now own a smartphone. Take-up soared by 104 per cent to 8.67 million units over the 12 months to May 2012, according to research released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Smartphones and tablets: Take-up and use in Australia also found that 9.2 million Australians […] Read more »

ACCC seeks special leave of High Court in TPG case

From the ACCC:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has applied for special leave of the High Court to appeal the 20th December 2012 decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia in relation to TPG’s advertisements for its Unlimited ADSL2+ broadband internet service. The Full Court allowed TPG’s appeal in […] Read more »