Obtaining International IP Protection


An Australian provisional patent application lodged at IP Australia (IPA) is usually the first step in obtaining one or more patents anywhere in the world. The date on which a […]

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 […]

Microsoft loses IP case in China


Microsoft Corp has been ordered by Beijing’s No 1 Intermediate People’s Court to stop selling versions of its Windows operating systems that include fonts designed by a Chinese technology company, […]

Australian Government Grants for R&D & IP Protection


AusIndustry Grants Commercialisation Australia 1,2  commenced on 4 January 2010 and is the primary source of Australian Government assistance for industrial commercialization. It broadly replaces the previous Commercial Ready Grants […]

R&D Tax Credit Reform


From 1 July 2010, the Government will replace the R&D Tax Concession with a simplified R&D Tax Credit reform to provide greater incentives for businesses to invest in Research and […]

Don’t bite my apple


Australian retailer, Woolworths Ltd, received acceptance of its new trademark, a stylised W representing a piece of fresh produce, from IP Australia on 30th October 2008. The application covers almost […]

Piracy of anti-piracy?


An Australian inventor, who was awarded the fifth highest patent jury awards in US history of $US388 million in April, is now set to receive nothing after a US Appeals […]

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 […]

Conficker Worm: Cyber Crime


It is believed that the Conficker Worm virus has infected more than 5 million computers worldwide. It has been suggested that this particular virus could even disrupt and shut down […]

THAILAND – 142nd Contracting State of the PCT


On 24 September 2009, Thailand acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to become the 142nd contracting state of this multilateral treaty. This means that from 24 December 2009, applicants […]


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