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

Daniel Rosenthal, Head of Designs at 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, […]

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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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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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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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