I've received a cease and desist letter alleging that I'm infringing someone's patent. What should I do?The first thing is "Don't panic!". While a letter like this should be taken very seriously the fact is that simply because the allegation has been made doesn't mean...

QUESTION[vc_separator type="small" position="left"]We would like to file a convention patent application in Australia based on US provisional patent application No. 61/XYZ filed on March 22, 2010.However, it will be necessary to add additional examples in order to support the scope of the claims. In the...

Assuming that you've thought of something that's new and inventive, do you have actually have an "invention" or is it rather the case that you merely have "a new idea"?Although an invention may be very broadly claimed in a patent, it remains the case that patents...

Myth No. 1. Patents aren't worth the trouble because patent litigation is very expensive.This is an often used, but irrational, excuse for the putting of heads in the sand when it comes to patents. It's a bit like not wanting to buy a house because...

The objectives of an intellectual property management system will typically include at least the following:DefensiveWeather times of economic downturn by protecting products that afford competitive advantage. Counter competitor attacks. Gather strategic intelligence. Value BuildingPossibility of licensing revenue. Increase asset register thereby increasing valuation of...

Under the Australian Patents Act, an invention will be patentable unless it doesn’t comply with a number of requirements set out in the Act. Two critical requirements are that the invention must be ‘novel’ (i.e. new) and that it must be inventive (or innovative in the...

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