17 February, 2017
Spruson Excess claim fees in Singapore to take effect from 1 April 2017

We recently reported on the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore’s (IPOS) announcement in regard to lowering fees for Intellectual Property Protection from 1 April 2017. As part of this, IPOS also announced the introduction of an excess claim fee. We now provide further information on the excess claim fee. MORE

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16 February, 2017
Spruson Australia Update: When is applying for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme not an infringement?

In the most recent judgement in the Australian Lyrica® litigation Nicholas J has delivered an interesting decision regarding whether applying for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing constitutes infringement of a patent. MORE

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13 February, 2017
Spruson Edward Genocchio named a Finalist in 2017 Financial Review Client Choice Awards

Spruson & Ferguson Principal, Edward Genocchio has been named a finalist in the Financial Review’s 2017 Client Choice Awards, for Most Client Focused IP Specialist in Australia and New Zealand. MORE

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06 February, 2017
Spruson Singapore Update: IPOS lowers Filing Fees for Intellectual Property Protection from 1 April 2017

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) announced last week that the fees for patent search and examination reports and for trade mark applications will be reduced effective 1 April 2017. MORE

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31 January, 2017
Spruson Australia Update: Productivity Commission Report – Implications for Copyright and Trade Marks

The Australian Government Productivity Commission’s final Report on Intellectual Property (IP) arrangements in Australia was released late last year. Earlier, we reported on the potential implications for the Australian patent system. MORE

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25 January, 2017
Spruson Australia Update: Wine Giant Serves Up Signature Dish

Last month, the Federal Court handed down its decision in Samuel Smith & Son Pty Ltd v Pernod Ricard Winemakers Pty Ltd [2016] FCA 1515, finding in favour of Pernot Ricard Winemakers Pty Ltd, owner of the wine brand “Jacob’s Creek”. MORE

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19 January, 2017
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson’s regional trade mark capability recognised in World Trade Mark Review

The firm’s Australian Trade Marks practice was Highly Recommended for Trade Mark Prosecution and Strategy and the firm’s Thailand and Hong Kong Trade Mark practices were ranked Silver for Trade Mark Prosecution and Strategy. The firm was also ranked Bronze for Trade Mark Enforcement and Litigation in Australia. MORE

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13 January, 2017
Spruson Singapore Update: IPOS Revokes Patent Obtained by Misrepresentation

A recent judgement by the Hearing and Mediation Group of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has highlighted the need for inventors to draw a line between inventions developed in previous employment and inventions developed in their current employment. MORE

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11 January, 2017
Spruson The Availability of Unpublished Prior Art in Australia and New Zealand

Complete patent applications that have not been published before the priority date of a patent application, but that have an earlier priority date, may be available for use as prior art against an application. MORE

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23 December, 2016
Spruson Thailand Update: New Specialized Appeal Court will benefit IP matters

The judiciary structure for intellectual property (IP) cases in Thailand has changed, following the opening of a Specialized Appeal Court on 1 October 2016. With the opening of the new Court, Thailand has moved to a three-tier system, which is expected to enhance the rationality, speed and efficiency of IP decisions. MORE

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22 December, 2016
Spruson Australian Government releases Productivity Commission's final report on IP arrangements

In December 2016 the Australian Government released the Productivity Commission’s final Report on Intellectual Property (IP) arrangements in Australia. MORE

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21 December, 2016
Spruson Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Mark Update - December 2016

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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20 December, 2016
Spruson Australia Update: Carriage service providers ordered to block illegal torrent and streaming websites

Yesterday (Thursday 15 December) the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision in proceedings brought by Roadshow and Foxtel against various carriage service providers including Telstra, Optus, iinet and TPG under new copyright laws introduced in 2015. MORE

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14 December, 2016
Spruson Indochina Updates - Developments in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

New official fees in Vietnam to take effect from 1 January 2017 The Ministry of Finance of Vietnam has issued a Circular (No. 263/2016/TT-BTC) stipulating … MORE

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13 December, 2016
Spruson Kickstarting Crowd-sourced Funding in Australia

Introduction Legislation aimed at providing Australian innovators with alternative funding means was reintroduced to Parliament in late November. The Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2016 … MORE

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06 December, 2016
Spruson Singapore Update: Pros and Cons of Obtaining Patent Protection via the Foreign Route

As we have previously reported, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has postponed the closing of the Foreign Route until 1 January 2020 and has decided not to impose official fees for this patent prosecution option. MORE

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06 December, 2016
Spruson Trade Marks Guide For Australia Now Available

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Trade Marks Guide for Australia. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the nuances of trade marks and their place in the commercial world. MORE

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23 November, 2016
Spruson Australia Update: Restrictions to the scope of Trade Mark attorney privilege

A recent Federal Court decision has raised questions in regard to the scope of Trade Mark attorney privilege. Section 229 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 states that a communication, or a record or document, made for the dominant purpose of a registered trade mark attorney providing “intellectual property advice” to a client is privileged in the same way, and to the same extent, if it were made by a lawyer. MORE

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11 November, 2016
Spruson Indonesian Trademark Law amended

The parliament of the Republic of Indonesia amended the current Trademark Law and passed a new Law (the “New Trademark Law”) on 27 October 2016. The amendment enhances trademarks in line with international conventions and standards. In addition, the amendment will help to boost the development of the creative economy and trade of Indonesian products in the international market. MORE

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09 November, 2016
Spruson 従業者が創出した知的財産の落とし穴

1年余りの議論を経て、2016年7月28日にインドネシア特許法改正が国会を通過しました。2016年8月26日施行となるこの新しい特許法(改正法)、「特許に関する、2016年法律第13号」は、「特許に関する、2001年法律第14号」以来の10年以上ぶりの大改正となります。 MORE

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