17 August, 2018
Spruson Tempest Destroys Abel Tasman

Casella Wines Pty Limited (Casella) filed a trade mark application on 15 December 2015 for the word mark ABEL TASMAN in respect of wine in class 33. It was accepted on 12 May 2016 and subsequently opposed by Southcorp Brands Pty Ltd (Southcorp) under sections 44, 60, 42 and 62A of the Trade Marks Act (the Act). The Hearing Officer only considered the section 60 ground (which was enough for the opposition to succeed). MORE

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16 August, 2018
Spruson China Update: “Small is beautiful” – the potential need for additional focused claims

In our newsletter of March 16, 2017 we reported on the recent changes in the Guidelines for Examination http://www.spruson.com/china-revises-guidelines-for-patent-examination/ . In one paragraph we speculated that there is a need for “including narrow claims, as a reservoir for amendments in case the patent is later challenged in invalidation proceedings” even though the new guidelines offered more freedom to make amendments during invalidation. MORE

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03 August, 2018
Spruson IPOS becomes a Supplementary International Search Authority

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has recently become the ninth IP office recognised by WIPO as a Supplementary International Search Authority (SISA). IPOS is also the only SISA capable of searching a Chinese database in Chinese. MORE

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19 July, 2018
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson welcomes our expanded Australian team

Spruson & Ferguson welcomes its expanded Australian team and is pleased to now offer direct services from an additional primary office in Brisbane. As previously announced, Spruson & Ferguson has merged with Australian IP firms Cullens and Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans to form one combined firm operating as Spruson & Ferguson. MORE

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11 July, 2018
Spruson Spruson & Ferguson appoints seven new Principals

Spruson & Ferguson is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new Principals across the firm as part of the 2018 promotions. MORE

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02 July, 2018
Spruson Asia-Pacific Trade Mark Update - June 2018

Read about oppositions between Swatch and Apple in New Zealand, or how bad faith was a determining factor in a successful opposition for an Australian wine brand.
Find out also about the latest changes in trade mark legislation in China, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and how they contribute to the simplification of IP law and practices in these countries. MORE

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27 June, 2018
Spruson The What, Why and How of a Licence Agreement - Licensing Masterclass (Intermediate)

Spruson & Ferguson Principal, Sylvie Tso, will co-host a LESANZ intermediate licensing workshop in Sydney on Tuesday 14 August. The one-day workshop will cover the core concepts and practices for structuring, negotiating and drafting a licence agreement. MORE

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22 June, 2018
Spruson First interlocutory injunction granted in Australia restraining the threatened launch of a biosimilar

On 12 June 2018, Justice Burley of the Federal Court of Australia granted the first interlocutory injunction to restrain the threatened launch of a biosimilar pharmaceutical product in Australia, in the decision of F.Hoffmann-La Roche AG v Sandoz Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 874. MORE

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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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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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