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The power of the provisional patent application


There’s no denying it: the process of getting a patent is a marathon. Whether you’re seeking a domestic monopoly or international protection, it can take years, and thousands of dollars, […]

Why are patents so important?


Getting a patent isn’t easy. It’s a long, complicated and expensive process, and without the right support it can be a real headache. So why bother? What’s so important about […]

Is the IP system there to be used to make a social or political point?


The Intellectual Property (IP) system includes patents and trademarks, copyright, design registration and other associated legal tools. But is the use of the IP system there to make a social […]

Strategy Presentation at the November meeting of the Inventors Association of Australia.


The Victorian branch of the Inventors Association of Australia (IAA) has been in action for many years to assist new inventors by providing practical, legal and engineering advice in a […]

Expediting your International Patent Applications via the GPPH


Many patent applicants seek international patent protection for their inventions, so they can acquire monopoly rights in the foreign jurisdictions where they are hope to obtain a meaningful market share […]

European Community Designs extend beyond Paris Convention period


We have recently been asked a very interesting and commercially important question, which we thought we would share. Background: We have filed design applications in Australia, and corresponding applications in […]

Patent basics – Top 5 things to remember when starting a business


1. Create a corporate structure (i.e. a company) If two people own the intellectual property (IP), instead of a company, the IP can be licensed by each person individually without […]

What is the cost of not engaging a patent attorney to protect your invention?


This post is hopefully the first in a series looking at the lodgement statistics for patent applications filed with the Australian Patent Office, IP Australia. In this post, I look […]

From the office writing pad to Wi-Fi technology – 10 Aussie inventions that changed the world


Since the first patent application filed within the Australian Colonies in 1848, the whole nation has embraced all kinds of innovative ideas ranging across a multitude of areas. In this post, […]

Trademarks vs. Copyright


Trademarks versus Copyright Trademarks are signs or symbols, usually in the form of words, logos, or combinations of words and logos. Trademarks are used in the course of trade or […]


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