The importance of industrial design to Australian businesses is increasing, with competitive advantage being gained by investment in innovative design. Many Australian companies are now looking to sell their products outside...more
In May 2012 a review of the Australian designs system was requested.
Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has been conducting this review and on 3 December 2014 released an Options Paper for...more
In This Issue:
- Top Tips
- Has there been prior disclosure?
- Will you receive a Formalities Notice?
- What is your ability to amend?
- What is the product?
- Is there more than...more
The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 reports that Israel, Finland and the US provide the best political, social and financial conditions to cultivate cleantech innovation and commercialisation over the next 10 years....more
The recently released Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 suggests that despite its strength in innovation, Australia is at risk of being left behind as much of the rest of the world forges ahead with investment in...more
Mizzi Family Holdings Pty Ltd v Morellini  FCA 1435 -
This federal court judgement provides a timely reminder to patent owners to be cautious of their actions, which may be deemed as a threat of infringement...more
Australia’s current Designs Act was passed in 2003 and commenced in 2004. Given its age, and concerns that have been raised over the years, the Australian Government has appointed an independent body – The Advisory Council on...more
A Productivity Commission Inquiry into Compulsory Licensing of Patents has released a Report recommending that the overlap that exists with the Competition and Consumer Act be removed from the Patents Act and that the...more
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2013 includes proposed changes to the Crown use provisions that are intended to provide greater accountability and transparency by the Government and to clarify that Crown use...more
There are a few simple steps that a foreign agent can take to minimise patent costs in Australia, from filing through to grant.
Voluntarily request examination -
Examination of an Australian patent application must...more