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Established in 1887, Spruson & Ferguson is one of the largest intellectual property (IP) service providers in the Asia-Pacific. As a leading…
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Spruson & Ferguson | Australia | 27 Feb 2024

Allowability of provisos in patent claims under Australian Patent Law

An amendment of a complete specification is not allowable at any time if the amendment would result in the specification claiming or disclosing…
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Spruson & Ferguson | Australia, New Zealand | 26 Feb 2024

Lord of the Wings trade mark refused in Middle-earth

Since the release of The Lord of the Rings film franchise in 2001, New Zealand has been synonymous with “Middle-earth”. New Zealand tourism and…
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Spruson & Ferguson | Australia | 31 Jan 2024

The 2023 IP year in review, and predictions for 2024

In Australia, February signals a return from the beach, children back to school after a long summer break and of course the usual traffic woes! At…
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Spruson & Ferguson | Australia | 25 Jan 2024

Rebutting Inventive Step Rejections: Use of the ‘Relevant and Understood’ Criteria for Prior Art

Prior to 2012, s 7(3) of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) identified the prior art beyond common general knowledge (CGK) that may be taken into account for…
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Spruson & Ferguson | Australia | 23 Jan 2024

What are secondary indicators of inventiveness, and how useful are they in overcoming inventive step rejections?

An invention should meet certain criteria to be a “patentable invention[s] for the purposes of a standard patent”, including: (a) being a manner of…
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Spruson & Ferguson | China | 18 Jan 2024

China: Patent Guidelines for Examination - changes for AI, big data and software

On 21 December 2023, along with revised implementation rules for patent law, the China Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued an updated…
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Spruson & Ferguson | China | 3 Jan 2024

China issues new rules for implementing Patent Law and Guidelines for Examination

After more than two years of drafts and revisions, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the finalized version of…
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Spruson & Ferguson | USA | 20 Dec 2023

Apple ceases sales of its latest smartwatch models due to patent dispute

In response to ongoing patent litigation with California-based health monitoring technology company, Masimo Corporation, Apple Inc. has made the…
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Spruson & Ferguson | Australia | 6 Dec 2023

Spruson & Ferguson Managing Directors recognised as IAM Global Leaders for 2024

Spruson & Ferguson Managing Director - Australia, Dr. Simon Potter, and Spruson & Ferguson Managing Director - Asia, Kristian Robinson have been…
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