After a long wait, the Intellectual Property Laws Amendments (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019 received Royal Assent on 26 February 2020 and will now be known as Intellectual Property Laws Amendments (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Act 2020...

Michael Buck IP (MBIP) is very excited to announce that our firm has been selected as a finalist in this year's beaton Client Choice Awards 2020 – Specialist IP & Related Services < $20m revenue category. It is the most comprehensive survey within the Australian professional...

  Last week we communicated here that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a new examination guide that was due to be effective as of 15 February 2020. USPTO faced criticism that its new rules would put users at risk, especially around privacy and a potential...

We are very proud to be included on the 2020 World Trademark Review WTR1000 list of top Australian firms for trade mark prosecution and strategy.Our firm’s ranking is an acknowledgement of the exceptional service and trade mark expertise our team has consistently been providing. Congratulations to...

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued new Rules and Regulations which will take effect on 15 February 2020. The new guide, entitled ‘Mandatory Electronic Filing and Specimen Requirements’, has a number of changes including new exceptions for filing paper submissions, and confirmation of...

The Business Growth Fund Program is a grant program for Queensland- based small and medium businesses. $50,000 (excluding GST) may be provided for eligible businesses seeking to expand by way of purchasing and implementing highly specialised equipment or services. Your business must have the potential for...

The CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system provides a precise, relatively simple and versatile method for editing DNA and, as such, has been hailed as the biggest biotech breakthrough of the 21st century. However, the European Patent Office (EPO) has now revoked one of the key, early patents...

What is a trade mark opposition? Trade Mark Oppositions are not court proceedings, but are dispute proceedings conducted by the Trade Marks Office (IP Australia).  There are several evidentiary stages whereby each party is able to support their case by submitting written evidence.Many oppositions...

Whether you have been trading for 12 months or 12 years, most businesses will have some form of intellectual property (IP). It is a good idea to conduct an IP audit where you review your current IP assets and their status. An IP audit can help...

Fuel market leader Caltex Australia has announced it will be rebranding its outlets in Australia over a three-year period following the breakdown of a licence agreement with US oil giant Chevron. Chevron was a 50% shareholder in Caltex and notified the company of the licensing agreement’s...

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