John Dower

John Dower

Freehills Patent Attorneys

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Abolition of the Australian Innovation Patent?

The Australian patent system currently provides for two different patent rights: standard patents and innovation patents. In May this year Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) released a statement...more

8/13/2015 - ACIP Innovation Patent Inventions Patents SMEs

Government dollars for getting IP to market

As already reported in an October article, the third and final leg of the Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme (EIP) – Accelerating Commercialisation – is gearing up to make available funding to bridge the...more

11/11/2014 - Australia Entrepreneurs Federal Funding R&D Startups

Innovation patents in the oil and gas sector: Protecting your innovations, protecting your business

There is a growing focus on the need for operators in the oil and gas sector to innovate, both in terms of developing new technologies and processes throughout the value chain and in the deployment of those technologies and...more

10/7/2014 - Energy Innovation Patent Oil & Gas Patents

How and Why Your Team Is Everything (And Other Essentials for Startup Success...)

The multi-faceted answer to our question: over the years working with entrepreneurs and inventors, what have you seen as an essential attribute to startup success?...more

2/14/2014 - Legal Perspectives Startups

Are TIME Magazine’s “25 Best Inventions Of The Year 2013” Patented And Does It Really Matter

Conventional wisdom tells us that great inventions and patent protection go hand in hand because that is one way that companies and inventors can recover and benefit from their investment in R&D, either by monetising their...more

12/20/2013 - Inventors Manufacturers Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Trade Secrets

Shaken, But Not Yet Stirred –The Future Of Australian Innovation Patents

We summarise and comment on the recent Options Paper released by the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP), an independent government-appointed IP advisory body, in relation to its review of the innovation patent...more

9/20/2013 - Australia Innovation Patent Applications Patents

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

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