09 August 2011

Canberra and Big Tobacco

Here is an excellent discussion from ABC Radio National: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/stories/2011/3287889.htm

I found the discussion regarding the extinguishing of trade mark owners' rights and possible compensation by the Australian government particularly interesting.  Also, it appears that the plain packaging legislation could be in breach of an investment treaty we have with Hong Kong that specifically protects IP rights.

It will be intriguing to watch how this plays out.

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