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Innovation Patent: Limited Time to Access this Valuable form of IP Protection


The innovation patent was a result of patent reform in 2001 to the Patents Act 1990 (Cth), whereby the old ‘petty patent’ was replaced with the new ‘innovation patent’. The […]

Patent Intelligence – Legal, Commercial ‘Espionage’


Innovating is performed with a purpose of advancing the state of the art. So then, how does a business know in which direction to innovate to advance the state of […]

Prior Art Searches, Freedom-to-Operate Searches – what’s the difference?


There are two common document searches in relation to patents: prior art searches and freedom-to-operate (FTO) searches. A prior art search is used to identify prior art documents in the […]

Business Names, Company Names And Trade Marks – A Confusing Mix of Red Tape


When starting a new business the first thing most entrepreneurs choose is a name.  Once chosen they typically have this registered with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission as a […]

Web 3.0, Ethereum and the future of business

Ethereum patent blockchain

If Web 2.0 saw social media integrate with web services, then Web 3.0 will allow for true business autonomy. Imagine a world where every device – not just computers, tablets […]

EdTech Education is the Future

Edtech patents

EdTech Education is the Future It is said that teachers can’t geek and geeks can’t teach. EdTech, or Educational Technology, seeks to bridge this gap – but where is it […]

EM DRIVE – A drive to new physics


Are we required to revise our understanding of physics? The controversial EM drive goes against and seems to break, one of the physics’ most fundamental laws, Newton’s Third Law of […]

Monetizing your intangible assets


As the holder of intellectual property (IP) rights, it is crucial that you are fully aware of new opportunities to monetize your IP. In my last article [IPFS] I described […]

L-3 Agrees to Acquire Micreo Limited


It’s just been announced that Baxter IP patent attorneys client Micreo Limited has entered into a contract to be acquired by NYSE listed L-3 Communications. Brisbane based, with 70 employees, […]

Blockchain Patent Applications On The Rise

blockchain patents

  Hot off the press is a listing of PCT patent applications identified using the keyword “blockchain” below. Looking through the listing, the most obvious point is that almost all […]


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