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

24/08/16
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 to more patients, provide early detection and double the rate of progress toward a cure for cancer. In support of

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience – no laughing matter

18/08/16
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, the Dining Experience which bears several similarities to the hit series, Fawlty Towers, co-wrote by Cleese.  This case reveals some

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The impact of Brexit on intellectual property in the UK

18/07/16
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”.

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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

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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

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2015 Malcolm Royal Prize Winner – Whose monopoly is it?

17/06/16
Author: Robert Cross

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

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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,

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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

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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

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Lowering the risks associated with overseas intellectual property disputes

14/06/16
Author: Foreignaffairs.co.nz

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

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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

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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

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Mark Zuckerberg Can’t Dodge Deposition In Oculus IP Row

12/04/16
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

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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

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Re-engineering Australia’s approach to innovation

07/12/15
Author: Brent Balinski

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

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Inside Views: Impact Of The TPP On The Pharma Industry

02/12/15
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

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