The Australian Rail Track Corporation has fast tracked a major maintenance program to prevent one of Australia’s busiest railway tracks from subsuming into mud, using a technology subject to one or more patent applications prepared by Baxter IP Patent attorneys.
As reported earlier this year the ABC’s 7.30 report, defects on nearly a third of the Sydney to Melbourne line forced blanket speed limit for safely concerns.
In a radical step, the Australian Rail Track Corporation turned to a railway refurbishment technology called ‘sledding’. During the sledding process, a sled is drawn beneath the railway track to refurbish fouled ballast and provide an even railway bed.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation turned to a sled invented by Mark Norris of Norris Track Pty Ltd. Mark’s railway sled provides several advantages over other existing railway sleds, allowing the sled to be drawn behind standard construction vehicles while providing superior ballast refurbishment.
Before commercialising his invention, Mark approached Baxter IP patent attorneys to protect his sled from copycats. During the patent preparation process, Baxter IP Patent Attorneys helped identify the advantageous features of the sled and prepare a patent specification to protect these features. Mark is now able to dissuade copycats by marketing his sled as being ‘Patent pending: Australian provisional patent application No. 2011900275.’
The 7.30 report showing Mark’s sled in action can be seen at: https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/the-plan-to-save-australias-busiest-railway-track/2768052
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