Instructions not received – how hard should we follow up?
The Australian Patent system is relatively forgiving in terms of missed deadlines.  The Patents Act provides extensions of time for complying with most deadlines, provided that a genuine error...
The Australian Patent system is relatively forgiving in terms of missed deadlines.  The Patents Act provides extensions of time...
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Brand Protection and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
After a COVID-induced “false start” last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese Government decided to proceed with the “2020” Tokyo Olympic Games last month. Following reports that...
After a COVID-induced “false start” last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese Government decided to proceed with...
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An Australian first: opposition to a surrender of a patent
In a recent decision by the Australian Patent Office (Michael John Arieni v Sun-Wizard Holding Pty Ltd APO 20), Spruson & Ferguson has been successful in the first...
In a recent decision by the Australian Patent Office (Michael John Arieni v Sun-Wizard Holding Pty Ltd APO...
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Pharmaceutical patent term extension update: the Commissioner appeals the Ono decision and the Australian Patent Office releases a practice update
The Australian Patent Commissioner has appealed the Federal Court decision of Ono Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd v Commissioner of Patents FCA 643 (“Ono”) relating to pharmaceutical patent term extensions...
The Australian Patent Commissioner has appealed the Federal Court decision of Ono Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd v Commissioner of Patents...
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Dead or Alive: Statuses, Patent Expiries and Kind Codes – Part 2
I'm exploring statuses, patent expiries and kind codes in a three part series of articles.  The first article on statuses can be found here. This second instalment looks at patent...
I'm exploring statuses, patent expiries and kind codes in a three part series of articles.  The first article on...
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Validity and infringement of diagnostic method claims
Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc v Sequenom, Inc FCAFC 101 The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has confirmed that Sequenom’s diagnostic method of detecting fetal DNA in maternal...
Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc v Sequenom, Inc FCAFC 101 The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has confirmed...
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The end is nigh: innovation patents closing soon – don’t miss out
As mentioned in our previous article, the innovation patent, Australia’s second tier patent system, is being phased out from 25 August 2021. Applications with a later filing date cannot...
As mentioned in our previous article, the innovation patent, Australia’s second tier patent system, is being phased out from...
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Crowdsourcing: How is intellectual property important?
Crowdsourcing can currently be defined as “the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online...
Crowdsourcing can currently be defined as “the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from...
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