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Patent drafting and internal requirements: where are we post-Raising the Bar?

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15 Dec 2020

Patent drafting and internal requirements: where are we post-Raising the Bar?

Webinar – Tuesday 15th December 2020


This is the first of a two-part series (part 2 will be on 2 February 2021) focusing on the internal requirements of sufficiency, support and best method as introduced by the Raising the Bar amendments to the Patents Act.  The panel will discuss how these requirements have been interpreted by the Courts and the Commissioner of Patents in the last several years, and their impact on patent drafting practice.

Our speakers:

Moderator – Mr Ian Horak | Patent experts – Dr Anthony Lee & Dr Mike Zammit

Mr Ian Horak is a barrister with over 20 years’ experience in intellectual property litigation and who appears primarily in patent and trade mark matters in the Federal Court of Australia and the Australian Patent and Trade Marks Office. He holds qualifications in law and engineering (chemical) and is a trans-Tasman patent and trade marks attorney. He is also a Senior Fellow at Monash University Faculty of Law where he is a chief examiner in the post-graduate intellectual property program.

Dr Mike Zammit is a Principal of Spruson & Ferguson, and has 17 years of experience in the profession. He specialises in chemical and life science-related technologies by way of drafting and prosecuting patent applications, conducting opposition proceedings and providing validity and infringement advice. Mike has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Chemistry and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering. He has drafted and prosecuted patents applications across the development spectrum, from early stage inventions to market-ready products, and handled inventions in diverse fields of technology.

Dr Anthony Lee is a Partner of Madderns. Anthony’s practice encompasses advising clients active in a broad and diverse variety of technologies extending from computer related inventions to medical devices to optics and telecommunications. Anthony’s qualifications include BSc (Hons) and a PhD in Physics as well as a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). Anthony works with clients at all stages of the intellectual property lifecycle including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, developing patent portfolios and assisting clients in contentious patent matters.





15th December 2020

Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra:

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm (AEDT)


Adelaide: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Brisbane: 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Perth: 10.00am – 11.00am

New Zealand: 3.00pm – 4.00pm



Date: 15 Dec 2020
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