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The ‘acceptance deadline’ trap – how to avoid costly continuation applications in Australia and NZ

December 4 2014 When filing for a patent in any country, for both local companies and patent attorneys based overseas, the question of deadlines can be one of the…

Intellectual property in mining - how to protect against a resources downturn

August 6 2014 Mining and engineering companies in Australia are using IP rights today in these tightening times to create new local and international revenue…

Pharmaceutical patentee faces damages claim from Australian government for blocking generic’s entry

June 16 2015 A series of events has led to the Commonwealth of Australia attempting to recover damages from the bio pharma company, Sanofi-Aventis, to the tune of…

What use is a patent if you can’t afford to enforce it?

August 14 2017 As patent attorneys working with start-ups, we are often asked: “What can my start-up do to protect its innovative IP if we can’t afford to enforce a…

Scandalous and offensive trade marks: walking a fine line

September 9 2015 In the most recent chapter of a trade mark dispute that has spanned more than two decades, the United States District Court has upheld a Trademark…

Development of IP Laws Amendment Bills proceeding - innovation patents to be phased out

December 4 2017 Significant changes to Australia’s intellectual property laws will continue to develop in 2018. Concerning patents, the more controversial changes…

Australia’s best method requirement - when best isn’t necessarily better

November 28 2017 Recent decisions from both the Australian Patent Office and the Full Federal court appear to indicate that Australia is becoming something of an…

IP Australia launches innovative trade mark search database

November 21 2017 Earlier this year, IP Australia launched its new trade mark search database, aptly named “Australian Trade Mark Search”. This database, replacing the…

Swiss style claims and patent term extension

November 13 2017 Under Australian patent law, the term of a pharmaceutical patent may be extended if certain criteria are met. In this regard, a patent term extension…

What use is a patent if you can’t afford to enforce it?

August 14 2017 As patent attorneys working with start-ups, we are often asked: “What can my start-up do to protect its innovative IP if we can’t afford to enforce a…