Examination Procedure of a Standard Patent

By Christy Grobbler PhD Filing a standard patent application is a first step towards obtaining patent protection but it doesn’t end there. In order to obtain enforceable protection, an application needs to be examined and accepted before proceeding to grant. Only once a patent has been granted and is in force is it able to […]

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IP Gateway attends INTA’s 2018 Designs Conference in London: The Power of Design

  At the end of February, IP Gateway’s Head of Designs, Daniel Rosenthal, attended the 2018 Designs Conference in London: The Power of Design, organised by the International Trademark Association (INTA). The two-day conference is one of very few dedicated international designs law conferences, and the leading conference of its type. Accordingly leading business and […]

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Protecting Inventions Internationally

By Christy Grobbler PhD Granted Australian patents only protect inventions within Australia. For inventors seeking protection for their invention outside Australia, there are options available. Is there an international or worldwide patent? An international or worldwide patent does not exist.  Foreign patent protection is only available in the form of one or more national patents.  […]

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Recent Australian Patent Office Decisions

OPIUM WARS By Alison McMillan PhD   The Tasmanian licit opium poppy industry provides about 50% of the world’s Narcotic Raw Material (NRM).  The industry is worth about $290 million to Tasmania. The Tasmanian poppy industry is controlled by three companies, SunPharma, India’s largest pharmaceutical company, Tasmanian Alkaloids Pty Ltd (Tas Alkaloids) owned by SK […]

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Australian Registered Designs – Is it a good idea to request examination?

In Australia, design applications proceed to registration without substantive examination. Examination is optional and is typically only requested when pursuing an infringer.  Consequently, many registered designs remain in force throughout their ten-year term without ever being examined. For owners of registered designs, this allows examination, and associated costs, to be avoided, while still providing a […]

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