Patent attorney tricks – why you should keep your invention confidential

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Don’t destroy the novelty of your invention As anyone who has been through the patenting process will tell you, it is really important to maintain the confidentiality of your invention, at least until you have a priority date for your patent application. This is because you can ‘destroy the novelty’ of your invention if you …

Combination of known integers can be a patentable invention

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An invention can comprise features or integers A + B + C.  The question is whether it is essential that at least one of those features is novel and inventive or that it is allowable to still be a patentable invention even if the three integers A, B and C are known but form a …

Building FENCES = Defining PATENTS

Building Fences = Defining Patents

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In obtaining strong enforceable patents, it is important to define your invention well. The requirements to fulfil this ground for patentability has substantially increased in Australia following the “Raising the Bar” legislation of 2013 and has also increased in the USA following recent US Supreme Court decisions. There are two sides to patent law. The first …

Patents

What are patents?

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Patents are agreements with the public On one side of the agreement, you undertake the great idea of your invention that is not previously known by the public.  In return by the patent being granted by the government, the public provides the agreement that you have up to a twenty year monopoly period to exploit …

Why do you need an intellectual property attorney?

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Proper preparation of a patent specification is probably the most important part of any patent application process. The patent specification must not only meet certain substantive requirements such as fully describing the invention but also certain formal requirements including those relating to the format of the specification, the required sections, number of claims and so …

Patent attorneys’ new uses for innovation patents

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From 1994 to 2000, Dr John Baxter was a Member of the Advisory Council on Industrial Property (ACIP) for IP Australia. ACIP played a key role in the development of the Australian Innovation Patent system which was launched in 2001. Up to this stage there was no “second tier” patent system available to inventors, particularly …

The Inventor Shop

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Baxter IP recently joined forces with “The Inventor Shop” to provide its clients with yet another avenue to profit from their invention. Chris Baker, the founder of The Inventor Shop is equally passionate about helping Australian inventors and is an inventor himself. The Inventor Shop is an Australian first for inventors to showcase and sell their …