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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 […]

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 […]

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