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Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018

Author: Department of Justice and Community Safety Victoria

The Notice below from the Department of Justice and Community Safety Victoria provides advice that Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 (Victoria) will commence on 1 March 2019.  The Department of Justice also provides some guidance materials (see links below) that


Save the innovation patent campaign


For the past year, IPTA has been actively lobbying the Government to retain the innovation patent system. This work has involved liaising with many Australian business owners and co-ordinating the preparation of letters and submissions as well as organising meetings


Funding Grants For Women’s Leadership Development

Author: Alistair Young - Women & Leadership Australia

IPTA has been asked to draw its members attention to the following: FUNDING GRANTS FOR WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Women &


Innovation patents; Safe for now.

Author: Grant Shoebridge, Convenor, IPTA Public Relations Committee

For several months, IPTA has been actively coordinating discussions between IP Australia, Government Ministers, the Opposition, cross-bench Senators and innovators


Boost for cancer research – accelerated examination of US patent applications for cancer immunotherapy

Author: Mark Roberts, Patent Attorney, Alex Tzanidis, Senior Associate, Rachel Stevenson, Associate, Davies Collison Cave

On 12 June 2016, US President Barack Obama announced the “National Moonshot Initiative”, which aims to make more therapies available


Faulty Towers The Dining Experience – no laughing matter

Author: Megan O'Callaghan and Vicky Mullins, Baldwins

  John Cleese is back in the limelight and not too pleased with a live theatre show called Faulty Towers,


Indications for use not sufficient to satisfy Australian patent term extension criteria

Author: David Koedyk, Baldwins

Two recent Australian Patent Office decisions have clarified the criteria on patent term extension for patents covering combinations of active


The Power of Design Registrations

Author: Tim Francis, Principal and Andrew Mullane, Senior Associate, Wrays

Registered designs are sometimes overlooked in favour of their patent and trade mark cousins. However, the Federal Court’s latest decision


Full Court Shines A Light on Claim Construction

Author: Adrian Crooks, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

It is a well-established principle of claim construction that it is not permissible to vary or qualify the plain and unambiguous


Full Court Looks Into Best Method Requirements

Author: Malcolm Bell, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Ever since its introduction into the 1952 Patents Act, there has been a statutory requirement for an Australian complete patent


The impact of Brexit on intellectual property in the UK

Author: Julian Curwen, Davies Collison Cave

Following a referendum 23 June 2016, the UK has voted to exit the European Union (EU), an outcome coined “BREXIT”.


The future of Plant Breeder’s Rights in Australia

Author: David Longmuir, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

The Australian Productivity Commission’s overarching recommendations seek to rebalance IP policy more in favour of Australian interests. Whilst the draft


Federal Court rules on Trade Marks as keywords

Author: Russell Waters, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

The increase in businesses using the internet to promote their products and services has prompted a corresponding growth in the


2015 Malcolm Royal Prize Winner – Whose monopoly is it?

Author: Robert Cross

The trade mark MONOPOLY® identifies one of the world’s favourite board games. There are several versions, including “The Junior”, “Classic”,


Opportunities and risks for existing and future brand owners in new EU Trade Marks regulation

Author: Kellie Jukkola, Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans

New European legislation which came into force last month has made important changes to the European trade mark system which,


Poisonous Priority Arrives in Australia and New Zealand

Author: Michael Caine

Updated 22 June 2016 The term, “poisonous priority”, is a relatively recent term used to describe an unusual phenomenon encountered


Does the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) mandate change to Australian IP law?

Author: Dr Tim Fitzgerald and Ernest Graf, Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans

  The Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, signed the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) on 4 February


Lowering the risks associated with overseas intellectual property disputes


The Japan Patent Office (JPO) has established Japan’s first insurance scheme to cover the cost of overseas intellectual property (IP)


IP Australia backs hacking competition

Author: P S News

IP Australia has announced it is to be the lead Agency sponsor for GovHack 2016. GovHack will be held in


IP litigation and Brexit

Author: Solicitors Journal

Giovanni Guglielmetti and Marco Blei discuss how the outcome of the referendum could affect the new EU-wide patent system The


Mark Zuckerberg Can’t Dodge Deposition In Oculus IP Row

Author: Y. Peter Kang

A Texas federal judge on Monday said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can’t avoid a deposition in a trade secrets suit


Government’s Innovation Statement puts renewables back on the Agenda

Author: Chelsea Roche - Solicitor, Patrick Sands – Partner

Release of the Federal Government’s much-anticipated National Innovation and Science Agenda (the Agenda) on 7 December is expected to boost investor


Re-engineering Australia’s approach to innovation

Author: Brent Balinski

The federal government will release its heavily anticipated innovation statement today. There’s been a lot of talk, but what hope


Inside Views: Impact Of The TPP On The Pharma Industry

Author: D G Shah

The final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms beyond doubt the apprehensions expressed by civil society, academia and the generic