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Australian Trade Marks Attorney not always required

Australian Trade Marks Attorney not always required – 17 October 2016 Provisional refusal of International Trade Mark Registrations With a recent drop in trade mark official filing fees, designating Australia in an international registration under the Madrid Protocol just became 40% less expensive. With a 13% drop in the Australian dollar against the US dollar […]

Australian design registration to a mechanical product succeeds

Australian design registration to a mechanical product succeeds – 29 September 2016 Design registrations are the Australian equivalents of design patents. They provide protection against imitators defined in terms of the overall visual impression of a product. In a recent decision [1] of the Federal Court, an Australian company successfully enforced its Australian design registration […]

More good news on Australian Patent Office fees

More good news on Australian Patent Office fees – 23 September 2016 Earlier this month we reported (here) that IP Australia (Australia’s Patent Office) had slashed its fees in connection international-type searches (ITSs). Earlier today, IP Australia, through their regular What’s new at IP Australia email, drew attention to a further positive development. As in […]

Changes in Australian patent fees

Changes in Australian patent fees – 2 September 2016 IP Australia (Australia’s Patent Office) has recently confirmed that new patent fees will be applicable as of 10 October 2016 (see here). The changes include: slashing the fee for an international-type search (ITS) from A$2,200 to A$950; increasing the renewal fees payable on the 10th to […]

R&D tax incentives checklist

R&D tax incentives checklist – 9 August 2016 The ATO has issued a new checklist to help guide businesses on whether they are eligible for a research and development tax incentive. You can find it here: https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Research-and-development-tax-incentive/Checklist-for-claiming-the-R-D-Tax-Incentive/ For innovating and exporting businesses looking for funding sources, check our funding page as a starting point: https://www.wadesonip.com.au/patent-attorney-services/patents/funding-grants-incentives-venture-capital/

The interpretation of omnibus claims under Australian law

The interpretation of omnibus claims under Australian law – 8 July 2016 Omnibus claims were commonly used in Australia until 15 April 2013 when our law was changed. The changes, in effect, outlawed the routine use of omnibus claims in new patent applications. The explanatory memorandum accompanying the changes included: ‘Unlike most other countries, Australia […]

A patent specification is NOT a sales document

A patent specification is NOT a sales document – 14 June 2016 A recent decision [1] of the Federal Court [2] provides guidance on the Australian patent utility requirement in the context of a mechanical invention. The decision demonstrates: that the Australian utility requirement differs significantly to analogous requirements in other jurisdictions; and the significance […]

Software that’s plainly unpatentable

Software that’s plainly unpatentable – 20 May 2016 This article has been archived. For the most up to date information, please contact our software patent attorney. In recent years, we have followed developments in Australian jurisprudence in connection with computer implemented business methods. Late last year we reported (here) a decision of the Full Federal […]

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