Please join us in person or online for a relaxed and informative evening discussing the latest Australian copyright case developments. Leading copyright barristers John Hennessy SC and Frances St John will walk us through some important issues arising from key decisions including: the scope of the parody and satire defence (Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd v Palmer (No 2) [2021] FCA 434 and AGL Energy Limited v Greenpeace Australia Pacific Limited [2021] FCA 625), arrangements for the licensing of copyright in real estate photographs and floor plans (Hardingham v RP Data Pty Ltd [2021] FCAFC 148 with an appeal to the High Court pending) and whether a carry-all bag is a work of artistic craftsmanship (State of Escape Accessories Pty Limited v Schwartz [2022] FCAFC 63), and more.


Event: Copyright Case Update: 2021 & 2022
Speakers: John Hennessy SC and Frances St John
Date: Wednesday 1 June 2022
In-person: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost: Members $40 & Non-Members $55
Venue: Gilbert + Tobin, Level 35, Tower Two, International Towers Sydney, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000

Online via Zoom: 5:45pm – 7pm
Cost: Members $25 & Non-Members $40

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John Hennessy SC

Mr Hennessy was admitted to the Bar in 1997 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2011. He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading intellectual property silks according to Chambers & Partners, Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and World Trademark Review. He regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia, both at first instance and on appeal, and has appeared in a number of leading intellectual property cases in the High Court of Australia. He also appears in the Australian Patent Office, the Australian Trade Marks Office, the Copyright Tribunal of Australia and in arbitral proceedings. His practice areas include: patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, passing-off, confidential information, trade names and misleading advertising, and all other aspects of intellectual property; broadcast and media; information technology; and telecommunications.

Frances St John

Ms St John was admitted to the Bar in 2015 and specialises in intellectual property, including copyright, patents, trade marks, designs, breach of confidence, and false advertising. She regularly appears, led and unled, in the Federal Court, Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court, and IP Australia. She is recognised as one of Australia’s leading IP junior barristers by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and Best Lawyers.