Nov, 01 2012

AAA's Annual Thanksgiving Feast - Sydney

Join us once again to celebrate the wonderful tradition of Thanksgiving.

Date: Thursday, 22 November 2012

Time: 6:00 pm for Pre-Dinner Drinks. 6:30 pm Dinner

Venue:  Postales Restaurant | GPO Sydney | Ground Floor | No.1 Martin Place

Cost: $80.00 pp (Members) | $90.00 pp (Non-Members)

RSVP: Please click here to register and pay

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Election Day Spectacular with the USSC

After months of intense campaigning by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Americans finally go to the polls to decide who will hold the keys to the White House for the next four years. Join the USSC to watch the results live on Election Day at the University of Sydney’s Manning Bar.

This special event will include live CNN coverage, prize giveaways, and an opportunity to have your photo taken with the presidential candidates, a hotdog lunch and snacks. US Studies Centre experts will also be on hand to offer their analysis.

Date: Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Venue: Manning Bar, Manning Road, the University of Sydney

Cost: $12 adults/ $8 students and pensioners. Register now (please click here)

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Hot Topics in U.S. Patent Law: Software Patents

You do not need to look any further than your smart phone to be reminded of the economic significance of software patents to companies around the world.  This note highlights the uncertainty in U.S. patent law regarding what constitutes patentable subject matter in the field of software patents.

In the last two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has focused its attention on what constitutes patentable subject matter.  Because many software patents are based in whole or in part on a mathematical formula and other unpatentable ideas, the validity of such patents has been uncertain.  While laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable, the Supreme Court has found that the application of such principles may be patentable.    

Recently, the Federal Circuit (the U.S. appeal court for patent cases) arguably made inconsistent rulings on this issue of patentable subject matter for software patents.  In CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp. 685 F.3d 1341 (Fed Cir. 2012), the Federal Circuit applied a presumption of patentability and concluded that claims for a computerized trading platform constituted patentable subject matter because the computer played a significant part in the performance of the invention.  However, a month later in Bancorp Services, LLC v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 687 F.3d 1266 (Fed. Cir. 2012), the Federal Circuit did not apply the same presumption or test to the claimed invention of a computerized method for administering and tracking the value of life insurance policies.  Instead, the Court stated that it must first set aside all insignificant computer-based limitations and then consider whether the remaining elements were a mathematical calculation that could be performed by a person.  Under this test, the Federal Circuit determined the claimed invention to be unpatentable subject matter.

As highlighted by these decisions, the Federal Circuit has not articulated a clear standard to determine what constitutes patentable subject matter for software patents.  This issue will no doubt be considered again soon by the Federal Circuit or the Supreme Court.

If you have questions about this article, please contact Kate Cassidy (, an attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.  Quinn Emanuel is the largest firm in the world that focuses exclusively on business disputes.  The firm has 650+ lawyers worldwide, including several Australian attorneys.  Quinn Emanuel’s patent litigation attorneys are located throughout the U.S, Germany, London, and Japan.

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AAA Spotlight Fellow: Daniel Khong

Daniel Khong was the successful 2010 recipient of the Alcoa Foundation Fellowship. Daniel completed his MBA with a focus on leadership in urban development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, and has recently moved to Auckland to commence the position of Project Director with Waterfront Auckland.  Along with the rebuilding of Christchurch, Auckland’s $2bn waterfront redevelopment is the largest urban regeneration project in New Zealand.

Daniel’s area of interest is large-scale urban development projects which he believes can be transformational for a city, and offer the opportunity to locally solve issues of housing, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

Daniel advised that the AAA Fellowship and program of study at MIT's Sloan School of Management, has equipped him to take on his newly appointed position, and his objective is to play a leadership role developing innovative and commercially viable solutions to the development challenges facing our cities in the 21st century.

Congratulations Daniel. We wish you all the best in Auckland.


Win a trip to Washington DC

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‘Create your own campaign ad’ and/or ‘Pick the President’ for your chance to win a trip for two to the inauguration and $1000 spending money. Enter now at:


Thanksgiving Feast at Bob's Steak & Chop House Melbourne

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Bob's Steak & Chop House, Melbourne is hosting a 3 Course Thanksgiving Dinner.

Date: Thursday, 22 November 2012
Time: 6:30-11:30pm
Venue: 737 Bourke Street. Docklands VIC 3008
Cost: 3 Course dinner with a glass of wine $59 (AAA Members), $69 (non- AAA members)

To make a booking, please call 9642 3350.


American Women's Auxiliary Thanksgiving Celebration

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Enjoy a traditional turkey feast with all the fixings, finishing off with pumpkin pie.

Date: Sunday, 25 November 2012
Venue: Brighton International. 81 Bay St. Brighton VIC 3186
Time: 12:00 to 3:30pm

To encourage everyone to sign up early, special early bird prices (must book prior to 5 November) have been arranged.

  • Early Bird AWA Members- $75
  • Early Bird Non-Members- $80
  • Early Bird Kids- $42
  • After 5 Nov: AWA Members- $85
  • After 5 Nov: Non-Members- $90
  • After 5 Nov: Kids- $45

Click here for additional information.

**All interested AAA members, please get in touch with our Melbourne Office as we may be able to arrange group tables and prices.


Australian Baseball League: Sydney Blue Sox

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The Sydney Blue Sox are underway in their 3rd season in the Australian Baseball League with some big games coming up from 22-25 November.

On the 28th of November, the Blue Sox will be hosting their annual “Golf with the Sox Day” at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club in Colebee, NSW. This is your opportunity to golf with future and former Major League Baseball players and current Blue Sox players.

For $35, AAA members receive a ticket to the game, a pizza OR a hot dog & fries, 2 drink coupons and a signed baseball. For more information contact the Blue Sox on (02) 8006 1423 or via email


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