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What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property refers to the set of rights and protections over new and original intangible creations. The most common types of intellectual property are copyright, trademarks, patents, registered designs and trade secrets. 1. Copyright Copyright protects the owner’s original expression of their idea. It doesn’t protect the idea itself, names, titles or slogans. It also … Read more

The Implementation and Expansion of Statutory Payments Trusts (Project Bank Accounts) in Queensland’s Construction Industry

The construction industry in Australia is renowned for its high business insolvency. Payment default is both a major cause and effect of this insolvency.[1] Reports and recommendations have touched on these issues over the years. The recommendations to come out of these reports have often been for the establishment of a statutory payments trusts scheme. … Read more

SAAS CONTRACTS – A PLAIN LANGUAGE EXPLANATION OF WHAT THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY DO

Software-as-a-Service (or SaaS) products have been a buzzword in the tech space for a few years now. Many entrepreneurs are developing wonderful new SaaS products with great utility, but understandably find themselves out at sea when it comes to the practical roll-out and B2B (business-to-business) or B2C (business-to-consumer) contracting stage. It’s okay to feel a … Read more

COVID-19 Commercial Leasing Regulations in practice: Landlord restrained from taking action against tenant

Many months have passed since the arrival of COVID-19. With this has come many changes and protocols once foreign to us; social distancing, contacting tracing, or hygiene conscious practices have now become concepts filled with a sense of familiarity. Apart from these changes, the legal sphere in Queensland has also seen changes. One such industry … Read more

COVID-19 Extension Act: An Update on some Key Changes

On 2 December 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (‘COVID Extension Act’)was passed by the Queensland Parliament. This was later assented on 4 December 2020. One of its key objectives, as articulated by the Explanatory Notes, is to ‘extend the operation of all COVID-19 related legislation which is still required … Read more

Leigh v Bruder Expedition Pty Ltd: Injurious Falsehood – What is the standard required to prove malice?

Injurious falsehood is an action in torts that can be brought against an individual/business for publishing false statements with malicious intent, resulting in some form of damage (generally financial damage). This is similar to defamation, however, ought to be distinguished as injurious falsehood is available for larger businesses and is concerned more with economic loss … Read more

JOBKEEPER EXTENDED: How can this assist churches and not-for-profits struggling financially?

Jobkeeper Extended On the 21st of July 2020, the government announced proposed changes to the JobKeeper Scheme in exercising its power under section 20 of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Rules 2020. The proposed changes are to extend JobKeeper until 28 March 2021 for businesses and organisations that continue to be affected by … Read more

Easter Services during COVID-19 & New Commercial Tenancy Code of Conduct

On Friday last week (3rd April), Prime Minister Scott Morrison provided further updates on COVID-19, after meeting again with National Cabinet. The Prime Minister focused much of his attention on the operation of places of worship as well as new guidelines surrounding lease disputes between tenants and landlords. Places of worship Places of worship, including … Read more