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Patenting natural and organic cosmetics...can it be done?

May 4 2015 Two interesting trends are occurring in the international cosmetics market which, at first glance, seem to be in conflict. The first trend is the…

5 things... to tell your patent attorney when you want a patent

August 6 2012 This is the first in a series of articles of bite sized ideas to help you get the best out of your patent attorney.

Protecting gui designs in Australia: more questions than answers

February 5 2016 Many countries allow graphical user interface (GUI) features to be protected by registered designs. The current position in Australia is not clear…

Look before you leap: seeking to enforce your pharmaceutical patent may lead to unintended consequences

January 11 2016 It may not be just generic manufacturers seeking compensation when their product launch is found to be delayed by an originator wielding what is…

Are Time magazine’s “25 best inventions of the year 2013” patented and does it really matter?

December 20 2013 Conventional wisdom tells us that great inventions and patent protection go hand in hand because that is one way that companies and inventors can…

Patent claim construction in Australia: Federal Court confirms the need for careful consideration of the use of “comprising” and “contains” in patent claims

August 11 2017 In contested patent proceedings in Australia the interpretation of claim features that are introduced using the words "comprise" or "contain" is…

Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) now available in New Zealand

July 6 2017 Patent law in New Zealand in recent years has undertaken quite a facelift. For example, under the new law, stricter support requirements are in place…

The Australian Innovation Patent: The threshold for patentability may be higher than you think

June 22 2017 A June 2017 decision of the Australian Patent Office highlights when claims in an innovation patent may be found novel, but lacking in innovative…

Australian and New Zealand Patent Systems among the strongest in the world

March 17 2017 A newly developed index rates Australia's and New Zealand's patent systems among the strongest in the world. Companies need to be strategic about…

2016 - a year at a glance

March 14 2017 What is a human? When is your best method not good enough? When is an inventor not an inventor? What happens when your patent application fails to…