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Written by patent lawyers, patent attorneys and other experts in this field, these Patents & Patent Law Blogs explore all legeal and practical issues relating to patents in the UK, US and beyond.

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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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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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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[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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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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The best value for money patent in world?

by Ben Mott on 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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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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The Key Facts about Trademarks

by Donnareflect on July 23, 2014

It’s thought that more than half of small businesses in the UK are failing to protect their intellectual property in an adequate way. Without intellectual property such as logos and company names being registered, rival companies can easily use them to make money – and their victims may find that they have no legal comeback. […]

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Software patent-eligibility under Australian law

by Wadeson IP on October 15, 2013

Recent dicta clarify the patent-eligibility of software, and broaden the range of software that may be considered patentable, under Australian law. Australian law has long required an “artificially created state of affairs which is of utility in practical affairs and whose significance thus is economic” for an alleged invention to be patentable. Case law has […]

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Registering Your Online Business

by Donnareflect on August 9, 2013

Registering your new business online is essential if you are to protect it and stop others from using things like your trademark. Many people have been put off by the idea of registration, assuming that the process is extremely complex and wondering if it is a necessity after all. Once you have decided to trade […]

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