14 July, 2017
Spruson India Update: Pro-patentee shift in India for Computer-Related Inventions

The Indian Patent Office has issued a further revision of their Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions (CRIs), effective from 30 June 2017, which aligns their practices more closely with those of Patent Offices in the US, UK and Europe and includes changes which signal a pro-patentee shift in their approach to CRIs. MORE

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08 June, 2017
Spruson Plant IP Protection in Australia: Patent, Plant Breeder's Rights, or both?

Importantly, in Australia, plant varieties, including genetically modified plants, can be protected under both the Australian Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 (the “PBR Act”) and the Australian Patents Act 1990. By applying for protection under both systems, breeders can gain an extra layer of protection for their variety. In addition protection under one system does not prevent a breeder from obtaining protection for their variety under the other. MORE

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05 June, 2017
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson opens new office in Melbourne, Australia

We are pleased to announce that Spruson & Ferguson has opened a new office in Melbourne Australia, staffed by a new team of trade mark professionals who have joined the firm. MORE

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24 May, 2017
Spruson New gTLD Sunrise Availability June - July 2017

Generic top-level domains (gTLD) such as .com, .net and .org typically cycle through a “Sunrise Period” prior to becoming available to the general public. MORE

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18 May, 2017
Spruson Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) Proposes New Patent Linkage and Data Protection Regime

On 12 May , 2017 the CFDA published its intention to work on a new patent linkage and data protection system for China as part of a reform of its regulatory approval processes (2017 Policy Notice No. 55). The Notice includes a proposal for the general terms of the new regime which indicates major changes. The general public is asked to comment on the draft concept by 11 June at the latest (however a shorter response deadline of 25 May has been encouraged by CFDA). MORE

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11 May, 2017
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson appoints three new Principals in Beijing

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Principals in our Beijing patents team. These appointments further strengthen Spruson & Ferguson’s IP practice in Greater China and our ability to offer a premium IP service from our eight offices across the Asia-Pacific region. MORE

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09 May, 2017
Spruson Singapore Update: IPOS Announces Billion Dollar Fund to Help Companies with Strong IP to Compete Globally

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) announced on 26 April 2017 the launch of a new billion-dollar fund aimed at helping promising companies to grow and expand into global markets. MORE

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05 May, 2017
Spruson Implications of Thailand’s 20-Year Intellectual Property Roadmap on Global Business Operators

On 26 January 2017, the Thai Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) published the long-awaited 20-year Intellectual Property Roadmap, providing directions for the country’s Intellectual Property … MORE

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03 May, 2017
Spruson Dr Andrew Blattman to succeed David Griffith as IPH Limited Managing Director and CEO

It was announced yesterday that Spruson & Ferguson CEO, Dr Andrew Blattman, will be moving to the role of Managing Director and CEO of IPH Limited – Spruson & Ferguson’s parent company. MORE

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26 April, 2017
Spruson Positive Development for Overcoming Distinctiveness Rejections under Thai Trademark Law

The Supreme Court of Thailand recently reaffirmed the test for distinctiveness in regard to trade marks, in a positive decision that will hopefully provide brand owners with better prospects for successfully arguing before the Thai Trade Marks Office and Appeal Board that their distinctive word marks should be registrable. MORE

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18 April, 2017
Spruson Full Federal Court confirms that applying for PBS listing may not be an infringement

On appeal from Apotex Pty Ltd v Warner-Lambert LLC (No 3) [2017] FCA 94, which we recently reported on here, the Full Federal Court has confirmed in Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Apotex Pty Limited [2017] FCAFC 58 that applying for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing does not involve an offer to supply and clarified the reasoning in support of the primary judge’s position. MORE

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13 April, 2017
Spruson Singapore High Court clarifies determining facts for inventorship and ownership

On 14 March 2017, the Singapore High Court issued an amended decision on National University Hospital Singapore Pte Ltd v. Cicada Cube Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 53. MORE

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11 April, 2017
Spruson Thailand Update: Plans to Expedite Patent Examination

The Thai Government is considering plans to expedite patent examination in Thailand and help clear the country’s backlog of patent applications. MORE

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06 April, 2017
Spruson Full Federal Court of Australia overrules Britax: Change to date of relief for infringement of innovation patents

On 3 April 2017, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision in Coretell Pty Ltd v Australian Mud Company Pty Ltd [2017] FCAFC 54. The decision, which was authored by Justice Burley (with whom Justices Nicholas and Jagot expressly concurred), considered, inter alia, the identification of the earliest date from which relief for infringement of an innovation patent may be awarded. MORE

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28 March, 2017
Spruson The Evolving Patentability of Genetic Material in Australia post-Myriad

A number of decisions by the Australian Patent Office following the 2015 “Myriad” decision have provided further clarity in regard to what genetic material may … MORE

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23 March, 2017
Spruson Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Mark Update - March 2017

We’ve summarised a number of recent trade mark decisions from across the Asia-Pacific region to provide an update to practitioners and brand owners on current trends in trade marks in these markets. MORE

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16 March, 2017
Spruson China revises guidelines for patent examination

China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) recently released amendments to its Guidelines for Patent Examination (2010), which will take effect from 1 April 2017. MORE

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10 March, 2017
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson Named Australian Prosecution Firm Of the Year in Managing IP Global Awards

We are delighted to announce that Spruson & Ferguson has been named Australian Prosecution Firm of the Year in Managing IP’s Global Awards. MORE

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03 March, 2017
Spruson Local Client Update - New gTLD Sunrise Availability March – April 2017

Generic top-level domains (gTLD) such as .com, .net and .org typically cycle through a “Sunrise Period” prior to becoming available to the general public. MORE

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02 March, 2017
Spruson Australia Update: Counterfeit BIO-OIL and additional and exemplary damages in IP disputes

Additional damages for trade mark and copyright infringement and exemplary damages for passing off were recently considered in the Federal Court case Geneva Laboratories Limited and anor v Prestige Premium Deals Pty Ltd and ors (No 5) [2017] FCA 63 (Geneva (No 5)). MORE

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