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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