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Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Minter Ellison is a recognised leading adviser to the technology, media, communications and telecommunications (TMT) industries. TMT organisations face a wealth of challenges in maintaining competitive advantage and leveraging new opportunities. Rapid innovation and convergence in this space, together with an ever-changing legal and regulatory environment, means that TMT organisations must constantly re-evaluate, and in some cases entirely re-engineer, their business models and strategies.

Our TMT Group supports clients through this ever-evolving process, providing informed, commercial, strategic and practical advice. By applying our deep understanding of the TMT industry and its key drivers, adopting a cross-disciplinary approach, and leveraging an experienced and knowledgeable cross-border team, we are able to add significant value to our clients’ TMT transactions.

We work with leading organisations across the TMT spectrum, and have played a key role in some of the most significant TMT developments and transactions in the Asia Pacific region.

Our technical expertise extends across the entire spectrum relevant to the activities of TMT organisations, and includes intellectual property, media regulation, defamation, telecommunication regulation, outsourcing and procurement, e-commerce, technology, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, competition law, privacy and spam, corporate advice, employment law, tax, finance, infrastructure, property and litigation.

8 April 2015

In the wake of the controversial new metadata retention scheme, the Australian Government has committed to further regulation in the form of amendments to the privacy laws to introduce a mandatory data breach notification scheme by the end of the year.

13 January 2015

Following a spate of decisions in 2014 on patent licences the Federal Court of Australia announced two further decisions which provide additional guidance to parties to a patent licence. Both of these decisions are a reminder that in addition to contract law, the parties to a licence of Australian patents should consider the relevant provisions of the Patents Act 1990.

24 November 2014

It's been an unusually busy period for patent licensing, with the Federal Court of Australia issuing a number of important decisions in 2014. The decisions, which consider the issues of exclusivity, termination rights and obligations to fund litigation, provide useful guidance to licensors and licensees alike. They also underscore the importance of paying attention to the fine detail of patent licences during their negotiation and in court proceedings.

9 October 2014

On 16 September 2014 the OECD released an interim report on countering harmful tax practices in connection with Action 5 of its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting. This Alert summarises the key issues highlighted in the OECD's report.

2 October 2014

On 16 September 2014 the OECD issued its paper on BEPS Action 1: Addressing the Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy. This Alert summarises the main BEPS issues identified by the OECD and the way forward for taxation reform identified in the OECD paper.