Aside from the invention itself, the deadlines for conducting certain acts or paying certain fees are the most important aspect of a patent application as missing one deadline could lead to irreversible catastrophe for the applicant and the attorney handling the matter. Many countries utilise a...

[caption id="attachment_26946" align="alignright" width="234"] Photo by Gif Frame on Unsplash[/caption] We are now just a little over six weeks away from the final day that applications for new innovation patents can be filed. After 25 August 2021, it will no longer be possible to file applications...

Procuring patent protection for new medical devices and equipment is well known and the legal principles for achieving such protection for novel and inventive devices are relatively similar across major international jurisdictions. However, for the category of patentable inventions includes methods or processes which involve...

[caption id="attachment_26877" align="alignright" width="344"] Photo by Testalize.me on Unsplash[/caption] The Full Federal Court of Australia, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc v Sequenom, Inc [2021] FCAFC 101, has unanimously upheld the decision that a method of detecting cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) in the plasma and serum of pregnant...

Patent oppositions occur infrequently however it is important to be aware of them and to know any strategic advantages or issues that can arise. Information for Applicants/Patentees What to do if your patent/patent application is being opposed If your patent is being opposed, speak to your registered patent...

The Australian government’s 2021-22 budget released 11 May 2021 announced plans to encourage research through a new patent box regime (see Andy's article) and also by allowing businesses to self-assess intangible depreciating assets, such as their intellectual property, rather than being required to use the...

Continuing on with my article in relation to the differences in double patenting in Australia and New Zealand, this article discusses some of the differences between divisional filing practice in Australia and New Zealand. Australia In Australia, a divisional patent application may be filed from a patent...

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