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What is the difference between a patent attorney and a patent lawyer?


In Australia, new inventors often confuse the role of a patent attorney and a patent lawyer. If you are not sure about the difference between a patent attorney and a […]

Bilski 2010 – The case every patent attorney has been waiting for


Synopsis Bilski v. Kappos – 28 Jun 2010 The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari on June 1, 2009 In re Bilski, 545 F.3d 943 (Fed. Cir. 2008) […]

Gene Patents


Gene patents are patents on DNA products that have been successfully isolated and purified/modified with known functions.  In the United States, as of 2010 there are nearly 40,000 patents on […]

Refund of Standard Patent Examination Fees


Under the Australian Patents Act, fees are payable for filing a request for examination. However, in view of the recent global financial crisis and of the large number of patent […]

Prior Use in Australia


Sect. 119 of the Australian Patents Act 1990 (Cth) (the “Patents Act”) provides a ‘prior use’ defence to patent infringement (for patents granted on applications filed on or after 28 […]

Secret Use in Australia


In essence, “secret use” offends the principle that a patent monopoly is granted in return for disclosure of the invention. A period of secret use prior to the patent’s monopoly […]

One EU patent


European Union (EU) member states signed an agreement on 4th December 2009 on establishing a single patent for the EU. The conclusions reached at the end the meeting of the […]

Accelerating the Green Machine


The world has been attempting to find ways to become greener in recent decades, and this is now being reflected in a surge in the popularity of green patents. Patent […]

Having a patent attorney draft the specification for your patent application is more important that you might think.


After having started as a student intern at Baxter IP in 2007, I quickly realised that drafting a patent specification is more technical and nuanced than I had initially imagined. […]

Google receives patent for its home page


As of the first September 2009, Google the search engine created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, received a patent for its home page design. This was issued by the […]


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