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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 […]

Trans-Tasman Trade Mark Harmonisation


When seeking a trade mark in both Australia and New Zealand, outcomes are generally similar at examination.  Since May 2006, IP Australia and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand […]

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 […]

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. […]


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