The Federal Government has proposed legislative amendments to the Patents Act 1990 to abolish the innovation patent system, following recommendations by the Productivity Commission which it accepted last year. Along with several other industry groups, the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA) has been actively lobbying...

[caption id="attachment_20262" align="alignright" width="300"] BuzzBuddy fitted to a trumpet[/caption] Any brass playing enthusiast will know the mouth fatigue that comes from playing for hours; sore lip muscles are just part of the pursuit of musical perfection! Imagine then what it must be like for those musicians...

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...

Translate »