Introducing Michael Smith and Paula Chavez


In the ten years since launching, we have worked tirelessly to build a team of industry specialist patent attorneys, each offering a unique skillset and breadth of experience. As we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Surnames in Trademarks


People often wish to include words that are surnames into trademarks but what is allowed and what is not? In a recent decision there was highlighted that the definitive rule cannot […]

Brand Owners and Brexit


In June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom decided by referendum that it was time to leave the European Union (EU). Clearly, this is profound decision that will have […]


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