The 2017 IP Excellence Awards Winners Announced!

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The IP Excellence Awards for 2017 have been announced and IP Gateway have been awarded the Best Boutique IP Law Firm Australia.

With the rise in digitalisation, both businesses and individuals are becoming ever more reliant on their online content, which in turn means the protection of this is crucial for the overall success of the business domain. The intellectual property industry has grown in terms of its importance with clients requiring support and guidance on how to protect both their intangible assets and online information.

As such, the 2017 IP Excellence Awards recognises the very best intellectual property professionals across the industry, which includes copyright, trademark and patent litigation practices and not forgetting their dedicated employees. Now in its fourth year, this awards programme showcases on the major players within this industry for those who are seeking IP support services.

Discussing the awards, Coordinator Hugo Smith expressed his pride in the winners: “Through this prestigious awards programme I am honoured and would like to congratulate every one of the deserving winners and wish them the very best for the future.”

Acquisition International prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.

If you have a Patent, Trade Mark or Design that you’d like to be protected or you want to discuss how to secure protection for your Intellectual Property with qualified award winning experts, please contact IP Gateway Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys on 07 38083566 or email us at

North Queensland Law Association Conference 2017

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Mark Metzeling, Head of Trade Marks at IP Gateway has been invited to speak at the North Queensland Law Association (NQLA) conference this year about “Brand Protection and Securing Goodwill”. His presentation will focus on what is a Trade Mark, what makes a Good Trade Mark, and how a trade mark is best used to secure goodwill today and into the future.


The North Queensland Law Association (NQLA) was founded on 25 January 1959 and was the first regional district Law Association outside of a major capital city. Since its formation the NQLA has continued to be one of the most active district Law Associations in Queensland with one of its main functions being to organise annual conferences which alternates between Mackay, Townsville and Cairns each year.


The conference offers an excellent opportunity for Mark to meet and network with some of the best legal minds and law firms in the North Queensland area. It also presents a platform for IP Gateway to showcase itself as one of the best boutique IP law firms in Australia.


This year the NQLA’s annual conference will be held at the picturesque Hamilton Island Yacht Club in the Whitsundays from 18 to 20 May 2017.


If you’d like to meet with Mark at the NQLA Conference, or learn more about securing the goodwill of your business through the use of trade marks, please contact IP Gateway Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys on 07 38083566 or email us at

INTA 2017 Barcelona Meeting

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The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association comprising of more than 7,000 organisations from some 190 countries around the world.  INTA exists to promote and protect the rights of consumers and to ensure that fair trade is carried out in relation to Intellectual Property and Trade Marks. The 139th annual meeting of INTA will be held in Barcelona, Spain with more than 9,000 delegates expected to attend this year.


IP Gateway’s Principal, Wayne Slater, will be travelling to Barcelona and attending the meeting this year. Wayne’s focus at the meeting will be consulting and strengthening business relationships with international associates and law firms that IP Gateway has worked with over the last year. He will also be on the lookout for updates and new innovations in IP law that have emerged over the last 12 months.


INTA provides IP Gateway with the opportunity to strengthen relationships with international law firms and clients through structured networking events, and personal meetings.  Additionally, INTA provides valuable information and training sessions to enable IP Gateway’s experts to increase their knowledge in the IP field, and in particular in Trade Mark law, throughout the world.


If you’d like to meet with Wayne Slater at INTA, or speak to one of our team in relation to securing protection of a trade mark in Australia or New Zealand, please contact IP Gateway Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys on 07 38083566 or email us at

IP Gateway recognised as a leader in Trade Mark law in Australia

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IP Gateway’s Trade Mark Division, headed by Mark Metzeling, has been ranked by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars in both Trademark Prosecution (‘Tier 3 Ranking’) and Trademark Contentious (‘Other Notable Firms’) in 2017.

This recognition sets IP Gateway apart from our peers in that we are the only boutique Intellectual Property law firm in Australia to be ranked in both categories in 2017.  This is the first year IP Gateway has received a ranking in Trade Mark Contentious and builds on our ranking in Trade Mark Prosecution that has been maintained since at least 2012.

In addition to this great achievement, we anticipate also retaining our ranking in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars for Patent Prosecution (that has been maintained since 2010) when this is published later this year.

These awards are a testament to the dedication and professionalism that IP Gateway is built upon and are also a reflection on the expertise and core principles that our staff pride themselves on.

If you have trade marks (or other intellectual property) you’d like to be protected or you want to discuss how to secure protection for your trade marks (or other intellectual property) with experienced award winning experts, please contact Mark Metzeling on or 07 38083566; or email IP Gateway Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys at

IP Gateway Client Success Story: ASP Sheet Piling

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When ASP Piling (ASP), a nationwide producer and supplier or sheet piling developed a new, much stronger interlocking sheet piling system, they sought the expertise of IP Gateway to ensure they obtained a monopoly on their design for as long as possible.

IP Gateway was successful in attaining a registered design for ASP though this only provided a limited monopoly on the design.  Accordingly when the monopoly was almost due to expire, Managing Director Patrick Buckley approached IP Gateway for advice on how best to extend this monopoly.

Mark Metzeling, Head of Trade Marks at IP Gateway, recommended that they secure protection of the shape as a shape trade mark.  This would provide ASP with an exclusive monopoly over the design in perpetuity (provided the trade mark continued to be used as a badge of origin and the renewal fees were paid every ten years).

Using his expertise acquired from considerable experience in these matters, Mark Metzeling was able to successfully secure registration of the shape trade mark for ASP.  ASP now has a monopoly over the use of its iconic and unique end-shape design in Australia (as shown below) in relation to sheet piling.


To learn more about ASP and their sheet piling systems go to:

If you have a shape trade mark you’d like to be protected or you want to discuss how to secure protection for your trade marks (or other intellectual property), please contact Mark Metzeling on or 07 38083566; or email IP Gateway Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys at

AIPPI Standing Committee Appointments

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Metzeling, effective as at 1 January 2017, to the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Trade Marks Standing Committee for a three year term.  In this position, Mark will have the responsibility of monitoring and providing advice to AIPPI on matters of Trade Mark law.

Mark joins IP Gateway’s Principal, Wayne Slater, who was appointed to the AIPPI Designs Standing Committee effective 1 January 2016, as representatives of AIPPI.  Both Mark and Wayne will be attending the World Congress in Sydney in October 2017 (more on this below).

AIPPI is an organisation that is the world leader in the protection of Intellectual Property.  Its sole purpose is the development and implementation of measures to ensure that protection. AIPPI, with its headquarters in Switzerland, is made up of almost 9000 members that represent over 100 countries.

AIPPI World Congress, Millan 2016

In September 2016 Wayne Slater travelled to Millan, Italy for the annual AIPPI World Congress. Held over 4 days it is at these annual meetings that delegates from around the world meet to take advantage of the chance for networking opportunities, engaging workshops targeting international IP issues, professional development programs and even mock trails. All these activities have the aim of improving how matters of Intellectual Property law are handled.

World Congress, Sydney 2017

This year the AIPPI World Congress comes to Sydney, Australia on the 13th to the 17th of October 2017 at the new International Convention Center in Darling harbour. With its vast array of restaurants and venues, Wayne Slater and Mark Metzeling would like to take this opportunity to welcome all local and international AIPPI members to join them for this event in the iconic city of Sydney.

If you would like to arrange a meeting with either Wayne or Mark while they are in Sydney for the World Congress, please contact them at or, respectively.

Look Hear Australia

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“It’s not hard to make it easy”

That is the motto of Look Hear Australia, an online resource for Allied Health Professionals and Parents working with children that have complex or additional needs. And with the motto of “Think it, Own it, Protect it”, IP Gateway was on hand and ready to provide Intellectual Property and Copyright advice to the organisation so that their ideas and website could get up and running with limited stress.

The idea has been developed and implemented by Tara Whiteford and Tim Rossow who are both based in rural and remote areas of Australia. They saw a need, not only within their work environment as allied health and educational professionals but also within the family units with whom they were working.

Look Hear Australia’s primary goal is to bring together in one place resources that are easy to locate and access for carers of children with complex or additional needs.

Their website does just that. By combining visual aids, e-books and clinical resources, they have created a comprehensive library or information that is easy to access and “helps make the everyday lives of professionals and families easier”.

Got an idea and not sure what to do with it?

Contact IP Gateway Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys’ expert advisors on 07 38083566 or email us at

Trade Mark Division Award Recognition.

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IP Gateway’s Trade Mark Division has just been recognised by Corporate INTL as the:

 Boutique Trade Mark Law Firm of the Year 2017 in Australia


This award recognises that we provide the highest quality expert intellectual property advice in a prompt, professional manner when securing protection of (and exploiting) intellectual property rights for our clients.  It also demonstrates that IP Gateway is capitalising on its past success and forging forward to become one of the leading boutique firms in the field of Trade Marks in the domestic and international marketplace.

The award is bestowed to the firm that has shown excellence not only in expertise but also in the quality of service that they provide. At IP Gateway we pride ourselves on both. We have the expertise to tackle any Trade Mark matter as well as having the exceptional service to back it up.

Should you require expert intellectual property advice, please contact our Head of Trade Marks, Mark Metzeling on

IP Gateway Annual Conference 2016

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This year the firm returned to Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast for its Annual Conference.

This was the site for the initial conference back in 2007 and seemed fitting that the firm should return here for its planning and strategy meeting. It was also a great location to slow down, recharge the batteries and to spend some time reinforcing the team spirit that is alive and well within the firm.

Day 1. Down to Business.

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The weekend kicked off on Friday morning with the IP Gateway Annual Staff Meeting. The agenda included presentations and discussions from all members of our firm on an array of topics including:

  • Internal policies and procedures (e.g. office protocols, IPSS super searches and application compliance
  • The new IP Australia Fee Restructure and what it means for the market place
  • Effective and enforceable assignments
  • Conflicts of interest and how to manage/avoid these
  • IP Gateway moving forward.

The meeting enabled us to review the previous year, analyse what was accomplished and plan for an even more successful 2016-17.


Team Building (Time for some Fun)


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After the staff meeting we embarked on our first team building exercise, a Thai cooking class at Spirit House;


We began with a collection of fresh ingredients and sharp utensils (careful Daniel),

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Then we received hands on instructions from the chef,

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And 7 hours later savoured a delicious authentic Thai meal.

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Day 2. Maleny Dairies

The next morning, we visited Maleny Dairies for our second team building activity. Here we went on a tour of the dairy and were privy to the inner machinations of how dairy products made the journey from the farm to the fridge.


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It was great for all our staff to see how the one business could encompass all elements of intellectual property: from the patents for the machinery, design for the shape of the product’s containers, through to the trade marks for the brand (and copyright on the website). It was a good reminder of how our work interacts with businesses in a practical sense.




Next we visited the adjoining town, Montville, where we took in the sights and tastes while enjoying lunch at The Edge Restaurant.


A relaxing afternoon began with a meandering stroll along Main street to experience the local crafts and ambiance of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The afternoon was capped off with a visit to Chocolate Country.

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The Annual Conference was brought to a close at the Locale Noosa Restaurant and Bar on Hastings Street, where we enjoyed fine dining and mirthful conversations.

Locale restaurant at Noosa Heads, photographed for Metropolist. Taken by Daniel Hine, Sunshine Coast food photographer. A dark oasis tucked away from the blistering sun, Locale is an Italian restaurant that exudes luxury

The Annual Conference was a great opportunity for our staff to revitalise and prepare for IP Gateway’s year ahead.


IP Australia new fee structure – effective 10 October 2016

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On 10 October 2016, the Australian Intellectual Property Office (IP Australia) revised its fee structure changing many of the official fees relating to securing and maintaining protection of your intellectual property.

Below are the main official fee changes made by IP Australia.

Trade Marks

The fee changes affecting trade mark applications are as follows:

  • application fee for the first class, raised from $200 to $330;
  • application fee for each additional class, raised from $200 to $330;
  • registration fee for the first class and each additional class has been removed; and
  • renewal fee for the first class and each additional class (per class), raised from $300 to $400.

The fee changes affecting trade mark removal oppositions are as follows:

  • fee for filing a notice of intention to oppose removal has been removed (previously $150)


The fee changes affect patent applications as follows:

  • international search fee, reduced from $2,200 to $950;
  • renewal fee 10th to 14th anniversaries, raised from $500 to $550;
  • renewal fee 15th to 19th anniversaries, raised from $1,120 to $1,250; and
  • renewal fee 20th to 24th anniversaries, raised from $2,300 to $2,550.

For more information regarding IP Australia’s fee adjustments, please click the below logo.
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