Category Archives: Commercial Law

Raising the Bar

RAISING THE BAR Patents and intellectual property New laws that came into force from 15 April make it tougher to successfully patent an invention. The laws are designed to more closely align the Australian system with international standards and, in the process, raise the bar for the successful patenting of inventions in Australia. In particular,…
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Consumer Protection

CONSUMER PROTECTION Tougher laws now regulate warranties against defects Businesses need to come to grips with new consumer laws to provide warranties against defects with their products. From 1 January 2012, new consumer regulations require all manufacturers, importers and retailers to provide warranties against defects to consumers. Penalties can reach a maximum $1.1 million for…
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Road Rules

ROAD RULES Heavy vehicle signage found to be outside the rules The NSW Supreme Court has questioned the legality of heavy vehicle signage, which may render unsafe past convictions for contravention of these signs. Heavy vehicles are compelled by signage to enter heavy vehicle checking stations for assessment of their suitability to carry loads. In…
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Financial Reports

FINANCIAL REPORTS Company officer shares liability for failure to lodge The company secretary of a business listed on the Australian Stock Exchange was placed on a good behaviour bond for six months and ordered to pay court costs earlier this year after failing to meet the reporting requirements that are part of the laws governing…
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