[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...

You may have wondered how certain retailers are able to sell furniture items, sometimes marketed as “replica furniture” for a fraction of the price of an original. There has been quite a lot of press around frustration in the design community at what appears to...

AUDEARA One of our clients, Audeara launched their first crowdfunding campaign for the world’s first full fidelity headphones on 1 March 2017. We are very pleased to see that Audeara’s crowdfunding campaign has been a runaway success and they reached 94% of its initial goal ($100,000)...

Stock ExchangeThe amendments to the Australian Patents Act, which took effect in 2013, allowed Australian patent attorney firms to incorporate. As a result, several of this country’s largest firms have publicly listed and embarked upon aggressive mergers and acquisitions.
  • In November 2014, Spruson & Ferguson listed on the ASX as Intellectual Property Holdings (IPH Limited). Since then IPH has acquired Fisher Adams Kelly, Pizzeys, Callinans and, most recently, Cullens.
  • Shelston IP publicly listed as Xenith IP Group Limited in 2015 and is now in the process of acquiring Watermark.
  • In August 2016, Davies Collison Cave and Freehills Patent Attorneys publicly listed under the holding company Qantm Intellectual Property Ltd.
Simultaneously, all of these listed firms have moved to acquire some of the smaller players. Big bucks and share options are being exchanged as competition for market share heats up. There are two side-effects of these acquisitions:
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