“Secret Use” in Australia

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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 period commencing would give the patentee an effective monopoly period longer than that allowed under the Australian Patents Act 1990 (Cth) (“the Patents Act”) by …

Accelerating the green machine

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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 offices throughout the world, including the Australian Patent Office (IP Australia), have begun to examine the role of patents in the development and transfer of …

THAILAND – 142nd Contracting State of the PCT

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On 24 September 2009, Thailand acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to become the 142nd contracting state of this multilateral treaty. This means that from 24 December 2009, applicants will no longer need to file a separate convention filing in Thailand, but can instead file a single international patent application under the PCT designating …