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Amongst our experienced and communicative team of six industry specialist patent attorneys, you can benefit from working with a patent attorney who is an expert in your technology area whether you need a:
Patent protection is essential for protecting R&D investment and commercial outcomes from chemical processes, chemical compounds, pharmaceutical formulations, treatments for diseases and medical devices inventions. Inventive advances stemming from R&D investment often directly impact on and positively affect quality of life but may have extended development lifecycles before a commercial return can be made. Often there is a scientific community push for publishing advances to establish a pseudo claim of first to invent - this needs to be resisted until a patent application has been filed by your patent attorney, otherwise publication may adversely affect the ability to obtain adequate and deserved commercial compensation for substantial investment.
Devices, methods of medical treatment of humans including the administration of therapeutic drugs and software are all patent-eligible in Australia. Methods of medical treatment are not patentable in New Zealand.
All developing and developed countries benefit from advances in applied chemical, biological, microbiological, medical, pharmaceutical fields. Hence at the very least, chemical patents should be considered for filing in the following countries:
Warren Chandler is a highly experienced patent attorney, an applied chemist and worked at CSIRO in field of pharmaceutical and drug delivery systems for treatment of diseased states. Warren has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications in the medical field including nasal dilation devices, mandibular advancement devices, devices for correcting spinal column misalignment, and new drugs and compounds for treatments of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Hepatitis C virus.
Patent protection is essential for protecting civil engineering and construction inventions which often have significant development lifecycles. For infrastructure projects, for example, patents can provide protection during the initial stages of disclosing the concept in order to have it approved by a range of entities including governments and statutory bodies. Patents are more typically utilised in the context of the construction industry, however, in protecting new construction systems, tools, fittings and software.
So long as your civil engineering or construction industry technology is new and inventive, it will be patentable in any country around the world. In relation to protection of large projects as a whole, it is difficult to maintain confidentiality, so an early patent filing date is particularly important.
Patent strategies that are particularly useful in the civil engineering and construction industry include:
Often the simplest innovations are the most profitable and carry the least commercialisation risk. Contrary to popular belief, simplicity is absolutely no bar to patentability – patents, registered designs and trade marks are granted on new consumer products every day and are enforced around the world. This allows companies and entrepreneurs to benefit financially from their bright ideas and investment in innovation.
So long as your consumer product is new, inventive and has functional utility, it will be patentable in any country around the world.
Mechanical engineering, mining & processing inventions are the lifeblood of society, creating incremental and sometimes revolutionary changes to our standard of living, industrial capability and resource availability.
So long as your mechanical apparatus or process invention defines at least one new and inventive feature with functional utility, it will be patentable in any country around the world.
Patent protection is essential for protecting medical device inventions which often have significant development lifecycles, during which journal papers may need to be published, and normally gain market acceptance slowly so a first to market strategy is not sufficient protection. For medical devices, IP protection is essential to protect commercial profit margins and to justify the investment in medical technology development .
Medical devices, methods of medical treatment and software are all patentable in Australia.
A huge amount of innovation occurs in the software sector in the development of new software applications for smartphones and tablets and also in the server processes that often drive their functionality. Many established industries are being modernised by the introduction of crowdsourced services or cloudbased management or networking systems to deliver existing products or services more efficiently or by altogether new SAAS products.
Software patents do sometimes receive negative press, partially because software patents, drafted professionally by a patent attorney, can be very effective at stopping or delaying competition. Where a software process provides a new, non-obvious and useful method for performing a given task, software patent applications are still patentable subject matter in most jurisdictions, provided that the software patent application is tailored to the specific requirements of the jurisdiction where patent protection is being sought.
Software patent applications that define a new method or process for solving a particular real-world problem in a way that would not be obvious to the average software developer is likely to be patentable in Australia. Apps or software which simply provide efficiency or speed in performing a known task that could be performed by hand (however inefficiently) are unlikely to be patentable. That is, if you remove the elements of a computer device from the claim, and all that is left is a known method, then use of the computer or software will not be sufficient to make the claim patentable. If you are unsure whether your software can be patented, you should consult your Australian patent attorney.
Nearly all of Baxter IP’s patent attorneys have more than 10 years’ experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the software and mobile applications industry, including:
Advances and innovation in electronic and electromechanical technology have revolutionised and continue to revolutionise the modern world. Electronic and electromechanical technology is a key foundation upon which many industries rely. It is a fast moving sector for development with innovation as a driving force. The sector covers fields as diverse as transaction terminals to laser engineering and is the most heavily patented technology sector in the world.
So long as your electrical engineering or electronic device technology is new and inventive, it will be patentable in any country around the world. Circuit board layout designs per se are not patentable in most countries but can often be registered under copyright or country specific circuit layout protection schemes.
Many inventions that are invaluable in daily life, for example, computers, compact disks, smartphones, lighter and stronger building materials etc. have their roots in basic research laboratories operated by academics and their students in our universities.
Understanding the complex or abstract physics concepts embodied in such research can be difficult to comprehend. More difficult still is converting such abstract concepts into language that the general populace can understand, such as is required in physics patent applications.
At Baxter IP, we have patent attorneys specialist in physics patents which enables us to speak the same language as researchers and to better translate their innovations into patent assets. We have great depth of experience and work closely with university partners, university spin-outs and other commercial enterprises to help protect innovations in the field of physics.
A common thread throughout patent law worldwide is that fundamental physical principles are not patentable in themselves or for all known and as-yet unknown applications of such principles. However, the practical application of those same fundamental principles very often lie squarely in the realm of patentable subject matter.
For example, Einstein’s famous principle relation governing the inter-relationship between mass and energy E= mc2, in and of itself would not be patentable in isolation. However, the many practical applications of this relation such as, for example, nuclear fusion/fission reactors, atomic weapons, CT & PET scanners in hospitals or the humble smoke detector in your house are all eminently patentable applications of E=mc2.
Many of Baxter IP’s patent attorneys have more than 10 years’ experience each in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the physics industry and experience in dealing directly with university researchers and academics, including: