Articles and Legal Updates

Regulation of Cosmetics in Australia

The importation, manufacture, advertising and supply of cosmetics in Australia is highly regulated and complex. Dealing with three government regulators adds to the complexity and expense of getting cosmetics to market. In this Information Sheet Stephens Lawyers & Consultants offers guidance on some of the matters to be considered before a cosmetic product or range can be launched in the Australian market.

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AI created Inventions or Works – Are they protected by Australian IP laws?

In this article Stephens Lawyers & Consultants considers how the increasing use of AI technology or systems in the inventive or creative process to generate inventions and literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works is challenging Australia’s existing IP laws, and offers policy and practical considerations for Intellectual property protection of AI or computer generated works.

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Distribution and IP Licence Agreements: Are they subject to the Australian Franchising Code of Conduct? – Stephens Lawyers & Consultants Legal Update: April 2022

Knowing if an agreement is a ‘franchise agreement’ for the purpose of the Australian Franchising Code of Conduct matters. A business can be exposed to significant penalties where incorrect assumptions have been made as to whether existing or proposed agreements and arrangements with licensees, distributors and other dealers are franchise agreements for the purpose of the Franchising Code.

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Damages for Online Defamation – Recent Cases [July 2019 to Feb 2022] – Updated March 2022

Courts continue to award large sums for online defamation. High Court rules that companies, organisations or individuals who create and administer public Facebook pages or pages on other networking platforms, which encourage or facilitate the posting of comments or content by third party users, will be liable as publishers for third party defamatory content or comments that have been posted on their page…

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Proposed amendments to Australian Privacy Act set to increase privacy breach penalties to a maximum of AU$10 million

The Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021, expected to be introduced to Parliament and passed by the end of 2022, increases both online privacy protection for individuals and consumers and the penalties for breaches. With ongoing COVID restrictions, there has been an exponential growth in the amount of work, education,… Read More

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Victorian Privacy Laws

Privacy breaches in Victoria (Vic) involving an individual’s personal and sensitive information can result in psychological and physical damage and financial losses. An individual affected by a privacy breach may be able to seek compensation and other remedies…

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New South Wales Privacy Laws

Australian privacy laws are complex with Commonwealth and State privacy legislation to be considered whenever a privacy breach occurs.  Stephens Lawyers & Consultants’ ‘Privacy Breaches in N.S.W. – Information Sheet’ provides information on N.S.W. privacy laws. Privacy Breaches in New South Wales – Information Sheet Privacy breaches in New South Wales (NSW) involving an individual’s… Read More

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