Rouse Lawyers – Executive Producers for a Cannes Film

Written by rouse_admin on August 7, 2013

Peter Rouse, Rouse Lawyers Associate and team leader of Franchising, is producing his first short film, Respite. Rouse Lawyers has now joined the team as executive producer.

The film is affiliated with Vision Australia, a charity that supports the blind community. The producers will be donating a portion of the profits made from the film to Vision Australia for all their help authenticating the script and promoting the film.

By pledging on the link below, you will not only help realise this

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What You Can Patent

Written by rouse_admin on July 28, 2013

The holder of a patent over an invention has the right to exclude third parties from exploiting that invention. While patents are granted by the government, it is the patent holder’s responsibility to enforce its patent against other parties.


Patentable inventions can take the form of a process, method, substance or device. In order to be patentable, an invention must satisfy the following criteria under Australian law. An invention must be:

more than a natural phenomenon;
an “inventive step”

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Matt Rouse’s Challenge Raises Awareness 19,341 Feet Above Sea Level!

Written by rouse_admin on July 18, 2013

Matthew Rouse, the managing partner and founder of Rouse Lawyers, recently endeavoured to climb the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Once Matthew made it to the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, he held up the Act of Kids flag, raising awareness to a whole new height, 5,895 metres to be exact.

The trip was a spur of the moment decision, booked only three months prior. Matthew confessed he wasn’t overly confident for the climb.

“I had a

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Leasing Premises? See Us First

Written by rouse_admin on July 12, 2013

Entering a commercial or retail lease can be daunting. The sums of money involved when you multiply the annual rent by the number of years in the lease term can be quite significant. With such large sums of money and liability at stake, there is risk for both tenants and landlords, and each of those parties must give serious consideration to a range of issues.


Leases are lengthy legal documents – there are many things to cover. These matters

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Why Shareholder Agreements Matter

Written by rouse_admin on July 4, 2013

If your company has more than one shareholder, you need a shareholder agreement.


A shareholder agreement is a contract that regulates the obligations and rights of members of a company. It provides an important mechanism for governing issues not catered for in the company’s constitution or the Corporations Act.

Amongst other things, shareholder agreements cover:

exit strategies for members (i.e. agreements to sell shares on particular occurrences like an acquisition offer or on the death of a founder);
how company

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Major Changes to the National Privacy Principles

Written by rouse_admin on May 24, 2013

On 12 March 2014, the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) will come into force and replace the National Privacy Principles (NPPs).  The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner recently released a document that summarises the most significant differences between the old NPPs and the new APPs. This post will describe some of the biggest changes highlighted by that document.


The APPs set out an entirely new requirement that organisations must provide individuals with the option of dealing under a pseudonym.  The only

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Information Commissioner’s Guidelines for Mobile App Developers

Written by rouse_admin on May 8, 2013

On 4 April 2013, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released the consultation draft of guidelines entitled “Mobile Privacy: A Better Practice Guide for Mobile App Developers” (Draft Guidelines).


The Draft Guidelines set out the OIAC’s (draft) view on best practices for app developers in relation to privacy law. When the Draft Guidelines are finalised, they will be an important insight into the standards that the OAIC will bring to handling privacy complaints about mobile

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Rouse Lawyers Firm News: Recent Hires

Written by rouse_admin on May 7, 2013

In recent months, Rouse Lawyers has made a series of key hires that have significantly increased the capability of the firm in the litigation, intellectual property and technology spaces.


Before joining Rouse Lawyers in 2012, Sebastian was a senior commercial litigation lawyer at some of Australasia’s premier and top tier law firms for over seven years.  Practicing as a commercial litigation lawyer and being promoted to the roles of Associate and Senior Associate within

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Important Information About Internet Domain Names

Written by rouse_admin on April 23, 2013


The “Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” (ICANN) is the not for profit organisation (based in the United States) that is responsible for regulating domain names.

“Top Level Domains” (TLDs) are the letters to the right of the full stop in a domain name.  This includes generic TLDs (gTLDs) such as “com”, “org”, and “net” and country code TLDs such as “au”, “nz” and “uk”.  There are currently twenty-two gTLDs.

“Second Level Domains” (SLD) refer to anything

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ACCC Pursues Harvey Norman Franchisees for Australian Consumer Law Breaches

Written by rouse_admin on April 17, 2013

In December of 2012, the ACCC commenced proceedings against eleven Harvey Norman franchisees (Retailers) under the Australian Consumer Law. You can read the ACCC media release here.


The ACCC alleges that the Retailers misled consumers about their rights when consumers attempted to return faulty goods. The ACCC alleges that staff at the Retailers misled consumers about their rights with statements to the effect that:

customers can only claim under a guarantee within 24 hours;
the customer would be required to take up

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