Brett Connor

Brett Connor

Freehills Patent Attorneys

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Woodside Energy Limited v Exxon-Mobil Upstream Research Company [2014] APO 53

This decision highlights the importance of drafting any claims to a “method of design” with the tests for manner of manufacture firmly in mind. There is no reason that a claim to a method of design should not be patentable...more

8/18/2014 - Energy Exxon Mobil Oil & Gas Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Patent Office Adopts Hard Line On Requests For Extensions Of Time In Patent Oppositions

In refusing to grant an extension of time in the Tred v McCarthy decision, the Patent Office has indicated that they will interpret the new provisions relating to requests for an extension of time during an opposition very...more

12/10/2013 - Patent Litigation Patents Time Extensions USPTO

An Easy Guide To Australia’s New Patent Law Under The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising The Bar) Act 2012 - Updated 16...

The most significant amendment to Australia’s patent legislation since enactment of the current Patents Act 1990 (Cth) has now come into effect with the passing of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar)...more

8/16/2013 - Australia New Legislation Patent Litigation Patents

Changes To Patent Entitlement In Australia And New Zealand (Updated 15 April 2013)

The correct legal entitlement of an applicant to apply for, or be granted a patent, is a cornerstone of the patent system in all major jurisdictions. Incorrect entitlement can invalidate a granted patent. Some jurisdictions...more

4/15/2013 - Notice of Entitement Notice Requirements Patents Proposed Legislation Right to Apply Right to Grant

Will Raising The Bar Changes Affect “Means-Plus-Function” Language In Australia?

The use of means-plus-function language has been a settled matter in Australia – such language allows a feature of an invention to be claimed, broadly, as being all ways to achieve some function or result. An article on this...more

3/5/2013 - Inventions Mean-Plus-Function Patent Applications Patents

A US and Australian comparison of “Means plus function”

Means-plus-function language in patent claims is interpreted very differently in Australia compared to the US. This can lead to vastly different findings with regards to validity and/or infringement. ...more

12/6/2012 - Infringement Means-Plus-Function Patents

IP Australia to introduce e-Filing of patent and design applications

Electronic filing applies to:- •standard, divisional, innovation and provisional patent applications and applications for design registration filed after 1 December 2012, •patent applications claiming priority...more

11/20/2012 - Electronic Filing Patents

Changes to patent entitlement in Australia and New Zealand

Entitlement in Australia and New Zealand - The correct legal entitlement of an applicant to apply for, or be granted a patent, is a cornerstone of the patent system in all major jurisdictions. Incorrect entitlement can...more

11/15/2012

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