An Innovative Approach to Australian Patent Protection

February 9, 2017

When embarking on a multi-national patent strategy, Australia should always be one of the countries considered. As we have previously written (here): “On any measure, the Australian innovation patent is excellent value… Australia has the 13th largest economy in the world …. Energy, agriculture, mining, oil & gas and medical devices are all well-established industries”. […]

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Taiwan IPO Head Wang Mei-hua Highlights FinTech R&D and Cross-strait IP Agreements

January 10, 2017

Author: Conor Stuart Current Post: Senior Editor, IP Observer Education: MA Taiwanese Literature, National Taiwan University BA Chinese and Spanish, Leeds University, UK Experience: Translator/Editor, Want China Times Editor, Erenlai Magazine Wang Mei-hua, the director of the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO), has big plans for the future of the Office, including establishing Priority Document […]

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DIGITAL LIBRARIES: SOLUTION or PROBLEM FOR ORPHAN WORKS?

January 8, 2017

DIGITAL LIBRARIES: SOLUTION or PROBLEM FOR ORPHAN WORKS The definition of an orphan work includes any type of work subject to copyright protection, in which its author or his/her successors in title (rights holders) are not known or if known are not able to being located. This is the meaning given by the Directive 2012/28/EU […]

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The best value for money patent in world?

January 5, 2017

Patent attorneys are routinely asked by their clients for input as to where patent protection should be pursued. That decision involves weighing up what is to be gained against the relative costs and difficulty. On any measure, the Australian innovation patent is excellent value. There is much to be gained from Australian patent protection. Australia […]

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Trademark Rights In A #HashTag

March 12, 2016

Trademark law update regarding hashtags based on US IP law. By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq., The Jacobson Firm, P.C. As social media and digital marketing and promotions continue to dominate the business world, there is an increased importance on unique branded promotional campaigns. In today’s world, dominated by social media, one new key brand development […]

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Finding Hidden Prior art in Images

February 11, 2016

First published to http://www.greyb.com/how-to-find-hidden-prior-art-in-images-in-invalidation-search/ (republished here with permission) How I can find a hidden prior art? Doesn’t this question bug everyone of us when we conduct an invalidation search? While some of us try new strategies to excavate one, other explore databases that have not yet been explored. To sum it up, we all rely on text […]

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Is intellectual Property really that important for your business?

January 31, 2016

As drivers of business success and competitive advantage, intangible assets represent most of the value in today’s businesses. However, as we know, for most SMEs these assets remain under-exploited and underestimated. A survey conducted by The Financial Times found that of 451 company owners, only 6% value their intellectual property at anything more than 10% […]

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Protecting the intellectual property of your website

November 19, 2015

If you own a website, it’s vital that you protect your intellectual property to avoid it being stolen from you. If you fail to put this kind of protection in place, others could make money from your hard work and reputation. Whether it’s an e-commerce website, blog or any other kind of website, it’s vital […]

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Ten things that set the Australian patent system apart from the US patent system

October 13, 2015

Filing is simpler – there is no need to file a Power of Attorney, Oath, Declaration, Assignment or any similar formal document. ‑> Convention and national phase filing requirements Examination is not automatic, but rather must be requested, usually by about 45 months from the priority date. ‑> more ‘Allowance’ is called ‘acceptance’ – Australian standard patent […]

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Opportunity to Study Privacy Law in Amsterdam Summer 2015

February 18, 2015

The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law will be holding its third annual Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy from July 6-10, 2015. The course will focus on privacy law and policy related to the Internet, electronic communications and online and social media. It will feature a faculty of leading experts from the […]

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