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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The best value for money patent in world?

January 5, 2017

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

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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 (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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