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  • FOR AUSTRALIAN CLIENTS

2020

MBIP March News 2020 

AUSTRALIA’S INNOVATION PATENT PHASE OUT SET TO BEGIN IN 2021
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. Read on to find out what it will mean for the Australian innovation patent system.

 

NEW USPTO REQUIREMENTS FOR TRADE MARK APPLICANTS FILING INTO USA

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a new examination guide that was due to be effective as of 15 February 2020.
Some changes were made to the guide following feedback from users and US trade mark practitioners.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF SOMEONE FILES AN OPPOSITION AGAINST MY TRADE MARK?
Trade Mark Oppositions are not court proceedings, but are dispute proceedings conducted by the Trade Marks Office (IP Australia). Here we outline what to do once you have become aware of the grounds on which another party is opposing your mark.

2019

MBIP March News

GOVERNMENT GRANTS
Do you know if your business is eligible for government funding programs and assistance? We have put together a list of those currently available.

 

TRADE MARK OWNERS TARGETED WITH UNSOLICITED INVOICES

Trade mark owners should be wary of unscrupulous third parties continuing to attempt to obtain money via unsolicited invoices.
If you have received a request for payment for Trade Mark registration or renewal fees from a company that is not associated with us, please proceed with caution.

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: LOCAL INNOVATORS SUCCEEDING
We see so many Queensland businesses doing great things and we want to help these businesses protect their innovations. In each newsletter we will highlight the successes of some of the clients we have recently worked with.

 

AMAZON IN AUSTRALIA – TRADE MARK SAFETY TIPS FOR SELLERS 
Are you looking to sell your products on Amazon? To manage the risk associated with counterfeiting, we offer some tips on joining the Amazon Brand Registry.
The optional self-service tool allows clients to login from anywhere at any time to review trade mark, patent or design portfolios.

 

MBIP’s ONLINE PORTAL
Our MBIP Client Portal features a simple, web-based interface which does not require our clients to download any additional software.

 

MBIP RANKED AMONG LARGEST PROVISIONAL PATENT FILERS IN 2018
MBIP is proud to be listed among the top 10 filers of patent applications for domestic Australian clients.
We thank our local clients for entrusting us with preparing and filing applications on their behalf.

 

MBIP June News

A CASE STUDY CAUTION
IP Australia recently released the seventh edition of the Australian Intellectual Property (IP) Report. In addition to detailing trends and changes in IP activity in Australia, the IP Report included a number of interesting case studies.
One case study in particular has raised some concerns about IP Australia overstepping and providing advice. We outline why it remains important to seek appropriate advice from a qualified Trade Marks Attorney. 

 

COLOUR MARKS: TIFFANY BLUE CREATES A PROBLEM FOR MISS POPPINS 
This recent case involved a local business owner who had to change wording on a website listing after receiving an infringement letter from a global brand.
We want our clients and local businesses to avoid this kind of situation. If you are unsure about due diligence and avoiding infringement, please contact us to discuss your options.

 

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: BOKBOKBOX!
 In this edition we look at another innovative Queensland business and their latest fun trade mark – all for the love of chickens.

MBIP September News

CHANGES FOR BRAND OWNERS WANTING TO FILE TRADE MARKS INTO USA
As of 3 August 2019, those who are interested in seeking US trade mark protection must use a US-licensed attorney to file all trademark related submissions with the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO).
MBIP has a strong network of trusted US Attorneys who we already work with on national applications into the United States. 


CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: BODY ORGANICS – MAKARLU LOTUS
HOW DO I CHALLENGE MY COMPETITOR’S PATENT AFTER IT IS ISSUED?
When clients come to us to determine the best options for challenging a granted Australian patent, different considerations come into play. MBIP recently successfully revoked a granted patent by strategic use of re-examination.

Congratulations to Body Organics for winning the prestigious Good Design Awards Gold Accolade for their Makarlu Lotus. Body Organics has secured trade mark registration of Makarlu in Australia and abroad.  The brand is an ideal example of a ‘strong’ trade mark.

 

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: CERES TAG
We are lucky to work with high caliber clients and we love to see them reach new milestones in their innovation journey. Ceres Tag, a North Queensland innovator is helping solve every day farming issues with their sophisticated digital ear tag for livestock. 

 

MBIP CELEBRATES 10 YEARS 
This year Michael Buck IP celebrates 10 years of practicing in Queensland.

Both Principals are very proud of the firm’s growth and the fact that it has remained an independent, Queensland-based, entity.

In other exciting news, Jeremy Moller has been promoted to Senior Associate.

 

  •  FOR OVERSEAS ASSOCIATES AND CLIENTS

2020

MBIP March News 2020 

COVID-19 REACTIONS: IP OFFICES AROUND THE WORLD ANNOUNCE DEADLINE EXTENSIONS

We have provided several updates on our website relating to those IP Offices that have taken steps to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following is a summary of additional IP Offices that have announced deadline extensions.

 

AUSTRALIA’S INNOVATION PATENT PHASE OUT SET TO BEGIN IN 2021
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. Read on to find out what it will mean for the Australian innovation patent system.

POST-ACCEPTANCE PATENT AMENDMENTS: FURTHER COMMENTARY ON THE ALLOWABILITY OF AMENDMENTS IN AUSTRALIA
This recent decision relates to allowability of an amendment after acceptance but before grant of an Australian patent. It is important because, In view of the stricter requirements imposed on amendments, thorough review will ensure intermediate generalizations aren’t introduced.

2019

MBIP April News

Unjustified threats: Trade Marks Act to align with other IP acts

MBIP expands patent practice – meet our newest team member

Division and Merger of International Trade Mark Registrations

Grace Periods in Australia and New Zealand: New Grace Period for NZ

New European Geographical Indications Proposed for New Zealand 

 

Meet MBIP at INTA &  BIO
Kellie Jukkola, Associate and Andy Mukherji, Principal will be attending the INTA Annual Meeting in Boston.  Brendan Nugent, Patent Attorney will also be visiting the US, attending the BIO2019 Conference in Washington DC.

MBIP September News 

MBIP at AIPLA & FICPI

Jeremy Moller, Senior Associate will be visiting Chicago and attending the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Fort Wahington.
Michael Buck, Prinicpal will be travelling to Vienna, Austria to attend the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle’s (FICPI) 18th Open Forum

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