Can you patent an idea?

We often get asked whether or not you can patent an idea.  While the question may seem simple, to be able to answer it correctly generally requires more detailed consideration, not least because different people often have different views as to what constitutes an idea. Before jumping into some examples, however, it is useful to give […]

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By Alison McMillan PhD and Christy Grobbler PhD Power change: Women in innovation and creativity World Intellectual Property day was established by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to […]

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Recent Patent Office Decision

THE PATENT OFFICE SAYS YES TO A COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHOD By Alison McMillan PhD On 28 March 2018, the Patent Office issued a decision in Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. [2018] APO 24 (Bio-Rad) that held that a computer implemented method for a quality control strategy for medical diagnostic devices to be patentable subject matter or a […]

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Innovation Patents Granted a Last Minute Reprieve

By Wayne Slater We are pleased to report that the Australian government plans to abolish innovation patents has been taken off the table for the time being at least. When the Intellectual Property Law Amendment Bill was introduced into parliament on 28 March the section dealing with the abolition of the innovation patent was omitted.  […]

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IP Gateway Elevates the Intricacies and Nuances of Australian Designs Law with well Received Presentation to American Bar Association

IP GATEWAY recently presented a seminar on Australian designs law to the Designs Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA). The seminar was extremely well received by experienced designs practitioners in the USA. The seminar included: an overview of Australian registered design law and practice from an international perspective, with particular reference to unique aspects […]

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Look Before You Leap – Conducting an Australian Trade Mark Search

By Michelle Conomos   Zoe Foster Blake, the Aussie author of a relationship book and app, Break-Up Boss, has recently made headlines after being forced to recall her ‘Break-Up Boss’ merchandise from sale.  The merchandise was recalled upon learning that a ‘very well-known international fashion brand’ already had trade mark rights to the word BOSS. […]

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