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Formality Objections in IP applications


When you file an application for national or international protection of your intellectual property (IP) through a patent, design registration or trade mark registration, your application will go through an […]

Expediting your International Patent Applications via the GPPH


Many patent applicants seek international patent protection for their inventions, so they can acquire monopoly rights in the foreign jurisdictions where they are hope to obtain a meaningful market share […]

European Community Designs extend beyond Paris Convention period


We have recently been asked a very interesting and commercially important question, which we thought we would share. Background: We have filed design applications in Australia, and corresponding applications in […]

Australians are great inventors – and great admirers and users of inventions from overseas. Believe it.


There have been numerous reports that the new Raising the Bar provisions of the Patent Law actually ‘raises the bar’ on what is patentable. This is an overstatement, but there are […]

Strengthening intellectual property rights in China


Over the last couple of decades the Chinese government has pursued a policy of encouraging local businesses to partner up with high technology offshore firms, to enable the offshore companies to […]

Intellectual Property Issues Raised in Competition Policy Review


In 2013, the Australian Government commissioned an expert panel review of competition policy in Australia. The final report of the panel (known as the Harper Review) was issued in March […]

Inventorship – Don’t get it Wrong!


Any person may apply for a patent. However, a patent can only be granted to the inventor or a person or company deriving title from the inventor - but just who is an inventor? Or, perhaps more importantly, who is NOT an inventor?

How exclusive does a patent licence need to be in order to qualify as an ‘exclusive licence’ under the Patents Act?


In the enforcement of patent rights, disputes over whether a patent is infringed may lead to the institution of infringement proceedings before the court.  The Patents Act 1990 provides that […]

A Brave New Trans-Tasman World? Not quite yet, but progress at least


Recent developments in Australian Patent Laws this week have moved out Patent System closer to a harmonisation (of sorts) with that of New Zealand with the passing in the Australian […]

Combination Of Known Integers Can Be A Patentable Invention


An invention can comprise features or integers A + B +C.  The question is whether it is essential that at least one of those features is novel and inventive or […]


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