Intellectual Property and IT

Who owns the copyright in work created by an employee?

Richard Suters 21/12/2020

An employee may create original work when performing their duties. It is important for employers to understand who owns the copyright in such work. This issue becomes particularly important when the work is of significant value. This article will explore the current position under Australian law regarding the ownership of copyright in work created by employees.

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Corporate and Commercial

Director identification numbers for all Australian directors

Richard Suters 21/12/2020

Legislation requiring all directors of Australian corporations to have a unique identification number received Royal Assent earlier this year. A principal purpose of the legislation is to increase director accountability. This article will explore the changes and what steps should be taken in preparation for the new obligations.

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Corporate and Commercial

Time to review your terms and conditions in preparation for upcoming change to Australian Consumer Law

Richard Suters 26/08/2020

From July 2021, the definition of “consumer” in the Australian Consumer Law will be significantly broadened. Suppliers of goods or services should consider the implications of the change and otherwise take the opportunity to review their terms and conditions of supply.

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SWS Lawyers named as a finalist in Australian Law Awards 2020

Richard Suters 27/07/2020

We are very pleased to announce that our team has been recognised as a finalist in the Australian Law Awards 2020.

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Corporate and Commercial

COVID-19 and Commercial Contracts – What you need to know

Richard Suters 26/03/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently having an unprecedented impact on business operations and the ability to satisfy contractual obligations. In this article, Richard Suters, Commercial Principal, considers how force majeure provisions and the doctrine of frustration may be engaged in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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