Upcoming Legal Summits 2018 – Monetization of IP, Cyber Security, Litigation Abuse & More

October 2, 2017

In a volatile environment, where the dynamics of law governs the outcome of judicial decisions, corporate legal executives must continuously remain proactively compliant and vigilant in all areas of legal management and regulatory revisions. In such a sphere, complacency results in high cost incurrence, corporate framework collapse and irreparable disrepute. The Chief Litigation Officer Summit […]

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New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH)

September 2, 2017

On 6 July 2017, New Zealand joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot programme. Under the GPPH, an applicant can speed up examination of its application in a GPPH-participating country if claims of a corresponding application have been allowed in another GPPH-participating country. Over 20 countries are now in the GPPH including Australia, Canada, […]

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Australian Innovation Patents Retrospectively made Non-Retrospective

May 2, 2017

We have previously commented on the remarkable properties of the Australian innovation (8 year) patent here and here. Not the least of those properties is the ability of innovation patents to be infringed before they are filed. Recent authority deprives innovation patents of this ability. Nonetheless, innovation patents remain a prominent feature of the Australian […]

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Copyright Licence or Copyright Assignment?

April 6, 2017

Legal information regarding the difference between copyright licences and copyright assignments (English law) Copyright is a term often associated with the music and film industry, however it applies to all creative and artistic works. Copyright requires no formal registration and will subsist for a period of up to 70 years from the creator’s death, thus […]

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The IP of IoT – Top 5 Companies and How Their IP Pans Out

February 26, 2017

The IP of IoT – Top 5 Companies and How Their IP Pans Out (Inc. Google, Verizon, Cisco, General Electric & Amazon)   The Analysis Summary The Physical Objects are linked through wired and wireless networks, the advantage being that they are deployed on the same Internet Protocol (IP) that connects the Internet. What’s fascinating is […]

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An Innovative Approach to Australian Patent Protection

February 9, 2017

[Update at April 2017 – see our recent post Australian Innovation Patents Retrospectively made Non-Retrospective here.] 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 […]

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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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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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