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FPA Patent Attorneys


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

Australia - 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

US patent applications - third party observations?

Australia, USA - July 27 2012 On 16 September 2012 new US rules regarding third party observations will take effect

Africa: what you need to know about OAPI and ARIPO

Africa - August 25 2013 For some, Africa is a continent of poverty and conflict, shaped by its colonial past and dictatorships or unrest that followed. Others are slowly

The balance of convenience in applications for interlocutory injunctions: Embertec Pty Limited v Energy Efficient Technologies Pty Limited

Australia - March 4 2013 Embertec and Energy Efficient Technologies (EETECH) are competitors in the market for the sale and supply of standby power controllers (SPCs). On 14

Remedies for IP infringement: when additional damages aren’t

Australia - January 20 2017 Australia's Designs Act provides courts with a broad discretion as to the relief that may be granted for infringement. The specific heads of relief

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

Australia - 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

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

Australia - 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

Australia, New Zealand - 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

Pharmaceuticals in South East Asia

Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam - March 14 2017 Case law has confirmed that methods of medical treatment are patentable. ‘Swiss-style’ claims are also separately allowable