Update on Plant Breeder’s Rights in Australia

In Australia, exclusive commercial rights for plant varieties can be obtained under the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 (the PBR Act). Australian plant breeder’s rights extend for 20 years for most plants, and 25 years for some vines (including kiwifruit and grapevine) and trees. The PBR Act accords with international requirements for plant variety protection […]

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IP Gateway Principal awarded IP Star 2020 Patent Star.

Wayne Slater, founder and managing director of IP Gateway Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, is one of Australia’s most experienced intellectual property attorneys. IP Gateway is excited to announce that, in recognition of his exceptional patent practice, Wayne has received the prestigious title of PATENT STAR at the 2020 MIP Awards. The MIP Awards are […]

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Australian Patent Data – 2019/2020

As we move deeper into the 21st century, innovation and technological development continues to profoundly affect life in Australia. At times we can look back – sometimes only a few years – and wonder how we functioned before a particular technology became part of our daily lives.  Many major breakthroughs, such as the electronic pacemaker, […]

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12 MONTH GRACE PERIOD TO BE INTRODUCED!!

IP Australia has recently released its response to public consultation on proposals put forward by the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property’s review of the designs system.    The most significant advice to come from this response is IP Australia will proceed with introducing a grace period for registered designs.  The grace period will be 12 […]

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IP GATEWAY HEAD OFFICE AND CITY OF THE FUTURE.

SPRINGWOOD IP GATEWAY HEAD OFFICE AND CITY OF THE FUTURE. IP Gateway was founded in Springwood 15 years ago due its proximity to the Brisbane Technology Park and the industrial and business precincts lining the Gateway Motorway. Since then Springwood has grown steadily but as a result of recent Queensland and local Government initiatives development […]

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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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NEWSFLASH: ROKT APPEAL TO BE HEARD THIS WEEK!

Patent attorneys in Australia (and indeed those with patents and pending patent applications in Australia) will be eagerly awaiting the outcome of the upcoming appeal before the Full Federal Court of Australia in the case of Commissioner of Patents V Rokt Pte Ltd, the hearing of which is scheduled to be held on 10-11 February […]

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