Australian Patent Office Practice narrows the scope for software related inventions


A recent shift in the examination practice of the Australian Patent Office may result in certain software related application being rejected for not being patentable. Generally, Australian Patent Law shows […]

Australian & New Zealand Single Regulatory Framework For Patent Attorney Profession


The Australian patent attorney profession is currently regulated by the Professional Standards Board for Patent Attorneys. A reform is currently being proposed by IP Australia that would see the establishment […]

Patent Attorneys’ New Uses For Innovation Patents


From 1994 to 2000, Dr John Baxter was a Member of the Advisory Council on Industrial Property (ACIP) for IP Australia. ACIP played a key role in the development of […]

Patent Attorney on Developments in Patent Enforcement In China


In late 2010, the Chinese government launched a new national campaign to crack down on violations of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and on the production and distribution of fake and […]

One-Click Computer Implemented Business Method Patent Allowed In Canada


In a recent development, a Canadian federal court has ruled in favour of Amazon.com Inc. allowing them to patent their “one-click” order process for online shopping. The online retail giant […]

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 […]

World’s first online application for a patent search service


Patent Search Online offers the following benefits The whole application process takes place over a secure URL which uses HTTPS protocol and has a 128bit Security Certificate. The confidentiality of […]

Post-Grant Patent Enforcement Strategies – review by ACIP


Having a granted patent does not necessarily mean you will not have to deal with others who attempt to encroach upon your idea.  Competitors can often tread a fine line […]


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