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...

About a month ago I had just got home and was in the kitchen talking to Megan when my mobile phone rang.  It was an inventor (I'll call him "Jack") calling from Los Angeles in California. Jack wanted to extend his US patent application coverage to Australia.   He said, "Hi Michael, I've got a patent application filed with the USPTO and I want to lodge in Australia. What's the deal for doing that?". It was a great surprise to hear his US accent coming over the line.  Usually when I do work for clients in the USA, or other countries, it comes in as an email from their attorney.  Not as a direct phone call from the applicant / inventor.  My mobile phone number is on the contact page of my website so people can do exactly what Jack had done and simply give me a call.
I'm based in Brisbane but I'd say that about a third of the patent specifications I write are for inventors that are located in other parts of Australia.  I've prepared patent applications for people needing patent attorney help in lots of other towns e.g. Lismore, Melbourne, Townsville, Bundaberg, Caloundra, Cairns, to name a few. My process for helping inventors that can't meet with me face to face has gradually improved over the years.  If you call me about your invention then there are three main issues that I like to get sorted out initially.  Firstly, I want to make sure that your invention is more than a concept.  For example, do you know how to actually make the invention or are you still at the stage where you know what you want to the invention to do but you don't know how it will do it?  I'll ask you if you've got any drawings that illustrate your invention and show how it works.  If you've got a mechanical invention like a new builder's tool or a component for an engine or a machine for working in a mining environment then the drawings will show a physical object and especially the new parts.
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