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What type of patent application do I need to file?

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As a patent attorney regularly advising individual inventors, startups and SMEs on patent strategies, I am often asked a same question by innovators “what type of patent application do I need to file?” Yes, this is a serious question you deserve a clear answer to. If you get it right in the first place, you …

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Grace period in Australia

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What is a grace period? A grace period is a period of time within which a disclosure of an invention by the patent applicant or a disclosure of the invention without consent of the patent applicant is excluded from consideration in assessing novelty and inventiveness. In jurisdictions such as Europe and China, grace period only …

Blockchain Patent Applications On The Rise

Blockchain patent applications on the rise

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Hot off the press is a listing of PCT patent applications identified using the keyword “blockchain” below. Looking through the listing, the most obvious point is that almost all of the priority listings are from the United States. This is not surprising, however, given the United States share in geographic investment in Fintech. A diverse range …

Last chance saloon countries for filing national phase patent applications

Last chance saloon countries for filing national phase patent applications

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The patent system allows for the filing of a provisional patent application in your home country. During the 12 months following this provisional filing you also have the right to file complete national patent applications claiming protection in overseas countries under the Paris Convention, and claiming priority back to the filing date of your provisional …

Patentability & the patent process made easy

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In this article, we explain the requirements for patentability, as well as the patent process in simple, easy to understand language. Patentability In order to understand the requirements for patentability, it helps to understand the reasoning behind the patent system.   If at all possible, governments prefer not to grant patents, since they do reduce consumer …

Australian orthopaedics technology company and client of Baxter IP, Optimized Ortho, acquired by UK-based Corin Group

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Baxter IP client, Optimized Ortho, an Australian-owned orthopaedics technology company has recently been acquired by UK-based Corin Group PLC to launch its innovative software-based platform that provides kinematic optimisation of total hip replacements. The platform allows surgeons to tailor their surgery by customizing implants and their positioning based on patient post-surgery needs and the patient’s …

3 Ways to Push Back Patent Costs

3 ways to push back patent costs

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As a fundamental value driver in early stage technology businesses, entrepreneur are sensibly reluctant to reduce the scope of their IP coverage due to financial constraints. With the cost of patenting being directly proportional to the scope of geographical patent coverage, what’s the way out of this Catch 22? Here are 3 ways to push …

Important patent legislation changes in Australia effective 15 April 2013

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The Australian Parliament recently passed the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (“Raising the Bar”) Act 2012 (“the Act”), which received Royal Assent on 15 April 2012.  The Patent legislation changes will come into effect on 15 April 2013.  The changes will implement stricter patentability and specification requirements for patent applications. Which applications are affected? The legislation …

Obtaining international IP protection

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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 provisional patent application is received by the IPA is known as its “priority date”. To obtain patent protection in specific countries of interest, it is …