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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 […]

Kit Kat Trade Mark


Societe Des Produits Nestlé S.A (“Nestlé”) has successfully appealed an opposition by Aldi Stores (“Aldi”) to the registration of a trade mark for the Kit Kat chocolate wafer biscuit, after […]

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 […]

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 […]

Baxter IP Biomedical


Baxter IP recently launched Baxter IP Biomedical – a specialist team of patent attorneys within Baxter IP boasting a depth of knowledge and experience in biomedical engineering that is difficult […]

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 […]


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