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YIPTA Seminar – “Inventive Step… stripped down to a scintilla”

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7 Sep 2016 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Cost: Free

RSVP:  30 August 2016

The purpose of this discussion panel is to provide an opportunity for the more junior members of the IP profession to interact with the Melbourne based Examiners (and vice versa).

Audience questions

Importantly, we are offering attendees the opportunity to ask their own questions in the style of Q & A to allow for audience participation.

The event is to focus on Inventive Step. You might, for example, like to ask the panel:

  • Why is there is a difference in the application of inventive step during prosecution and post acceptance?
  • How do you approach determining the person skilled in the art for inventive step during prosecution?
  • How much consideration is given to whether documents can be ‘reasonably be expected’ to be combined? What are the considerations?
  • The RtB legislation removed the words ‘ascertained’ and ‘regarded as relevant’ but the explanatory memorandum for the bill stated that they are still expected to apply. Is this the case in practice?

Please send your questions to Matthew Lay ( by 26 August 2016.

Panel members

There will be 3 members from IP Austalia:

  • Matt Kraefft –Hearings Officer/ Supervising Examiner (retired) – Electrical technology
  • Felix White – Examiner – Biotechnology
  • Rhys Munzel –Hearings officer/ Senior Examiner – Chemical Engineering


And, there will be 3 representatives for IPTA:

  • Susan Gatford – Barrister (Vic Bar/FCA)
  • Karin Innes – Patent Attorney, Senior Associate (FB Rice) – Biotechnology
  • Rob McMaster – Solicitor, IP Litigator, Senior Associate (DLA Piper)


Matthew Lay (Patent Attorney, FB Rice) will chair the event.

Members of IPTA who have less than 10 years experience in the profession and who are not a Special Counsel or Partner/Principal of a firm will be given priority for the event.  Other members wishing to attend may apply to IPTA.

This event is  open to IPTA members only.

Refreshments will be available from 5.45pm, the presentation will begin at 6.15pm.


Date: 7 Sep 2016
Time: 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Cost: Free
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F B Rice
14/90 Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia




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