06 June, 2018
Spruson Developing an IP Strategy – Spruson & Ferguson contributes chapter to new Australian Entrepreneur’s Guide

Spruson & Ferguson’s Sylvie Tso, Natalia Blecher and David Müller-Wiesner have contributed a chapter to the Australian Entrepreneur’s Guide, launched recently at the Myriad Festival in Brisbane. MORE

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17 May, 2018
Spruson Australian Designs Law - Key features to keep in mind when registering your design

Australian Designs Law has a number of unique elements that differentiate it from jurisdictions such as the United States, Europe or Japan. Design owners may be surprised by some provisions of the Australian Design Law and need to be vigilant when registering their designs. In this article we summarise some key characteristics of the Australian Designs Act 2003 and highlight the main differences with foreign jurisdictions. MORE

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11 May, 2018
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson's Asia-Pacific Patent Team at BIO 2018

Members of Spruson & Ferguson’s Asia-Pacific Patent team will be attending the 2018 BIO International Convention in Boston. We are pleased to welcome the members of the Cullens team, who from 9 April 2018, operate as part of the broader Spruson & Ferguson business. MORE

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10 May, 2018
Spruson Singapore launches new initiative to fast-track FinTech patents

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has launched a new FinTech Fast Track (FTFT) initiative designed to expedite the patent application-to-grant process for FinTech inventions. MORE

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04 May, 2018
Spruson You think you have a right to terminate a contract if the other side is insolvent? Maybe not after 1 July 2018

From 1 July 2018, new restrictions will come into effect preventing parties from enforcing certain rights (including termination rights) triggered by insolvency events. The new laws seek to assist businesses undergoing financial distress to “maximise their chances of survival”, as termination of valuable contracts could potentially prevent such businesses from going through the necessary restructure in order to survive. However, interested parties have until 11 May 2018 to respond to the Exposure Draft of the relevant regulations with proposed exemptions to the new laws (Proposed Exemptions). MORE

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03 May, 2018
Spruson Singapore Rejects Doctrine of Equivalents

In a recent case before the Court of Appeal of Singapore, the doctrine of equivalents used in other jurisdictions has been found not to apply in Singapore. MORE

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27 April, 2018
Spruson Patent Owners to Benefit from Changes to Official Patent Fees in China

Patent owners will benefit from a number of changes to SIPO’s official fees for patent applications in China, which will come into effect from 1 August 2018. The changes were announced by the Ministry of Finance and National Development and Reform Commission on 12 April 2018 and are aimed at reducing the fee burden for innovative companies. MORE

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23 April, 2018
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson's Asia-Pacific Trade Mark Team at INTA 2018

Members of Spruson & Ferguson’s Asia-Pacific Trade Mark team will be attending the 2018 INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle. We are pleased to welcome the … MORE

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17 April, 2018
Spruson New gTLD Sunrise Availability April - May 2018

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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17 April, 2018
Spruson Laos to admit examination results of China invention patents under new MOU

On 2 April 2018, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) and Laos’ Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Intellectual Property Cooperation between the MST and SIPO. MORE

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09 April, 2018
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson welcomes our expanded Australian team

Spruson & Ferguson today welcomes its expanded Australian team and is pleased to now offer direct services from additional primary offices in Brisbane. As previously announced, Spruson & Ferguson is merging with Australian IP firms Cullens and Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans to form one combined firm operating under the Spruson & Ferguson brand. MORE

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27 March, 2018
Spruson Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Mark Update - March 2018

Our Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Mark Update provides a summary of recent trade mark decisions and current trends in trade marks in a number of markets across the region. MORE

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23 March, 2018
Spruson China Update: Government restructure gives SIPO responsibility for both patents and trademarks in China

During its first session on 13 March the National People’s Congress approved a restructuring plan which includes both organizational and responsibility changes for the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). MORE

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15 March, 2018
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson a gold sponsor of IPBC Southeast Asia

Spruson & Ferguson is delighted to be a gold sponsor of this week’s IP Business Congress (IPBC) Southeast Asia in Singapore. MORE

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13 March, 2018
Spruson New Zealand announces amendments to its patent regulations

Late last week the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) announced that the New Zealand Patent Regulations will soon be subject to a number of adjustments. The amended regulations, Patents Amendment Regulations 2018, will come into force on 5 April 2018. MORE

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09 March, 2018
Spruson SIPO releases details for validating China invention patents in Cambodia

Further to our article on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Intellectual Property Cooperation between Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts (MIH) and the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), on 2 March 2018, during a press conference, SIPO released some practice details in regard to the validation of China patent in Cambodia MORE

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09 March, 2018
Spruson Hong Kong announces HK$50 Billion Investment in Innovation and Technology

Last week the Financial Secretary for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr. Paul Chan Mo-po, unveiled Hong Kong’s 2018-19 budget, which includes a HK$50 billion investment in innovation and technology. These budget allocations are expected to establish Hong Kong more firmly as an innovation and technology development centre. MORE

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28 February, 2018
Spruson Kristian Robinson recognised in 2018 Lexology/International Law Office Client Choice Awards

We are delighted to announce that Kristian Robinson, Spruson & Ferguson Managing Director, Asia has been announced winner of the Singapore – Patents category in the 2018 Lexology/International Law Office Client Choice Awards – recognising his client-focused approach and high quality patent services. MORE

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13 February, 2018
Spruson New gTLD Sunrise Availability February - April 2018

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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06 February, 2018
Spruson Three IP firms to combine under Spruson & Ferguson brand

Australian IP firms Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans, Cullens and Asia-Pacific IP firm Spruson & Ferguson have today announced they will combine to form one firm, operating under the Spruson & Ferguson brand from April 2018. MORE

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