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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NEWS FLASH: ROKT APPEAL DECISION HANDED DOWN

In February this year we reported that we were eagerly awaiting the outcome of the appeal before the Full Federal Court of Australia in the case of Commissioner of Patents V Rokt Pty Ltd, that was scheduled to be held on 10-11 February 2020.  It was hoped that the appeal decision would provide much-needed guidance (and […]

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COVID-19 Intellectual Property Office Policy – Australia and New Zealand

Intellectual property offices of many jurisdictions worldwide have put into place special provisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. A useful policy tracker has been compiled by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at the following link:  https://www.wipo.int/covid19-policy-tracker/#/covid19-policy-tracker/ipo-operations Here we provide a concise summary of relevant information for the Australian (IP Australia) and New Zealand (IPONZ) offices. […]

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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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