Jonathan Schnapp

Jonathan Schnapp

FPA Patent Attorneys

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Contributing to a patent claim might not make you a co-inventor

A decision by the Full Federal Court of Australia has found that even if you have contributed to an invention and your contribution has led to a patent claim, you may not be a co-inventor for that claim. The case...more

10/14/2016 - Australia Gambling Games Gaming Inventions Inventors Patent Applications Patents

How an object statement can bring down your patent

An Australian Court has just ruled that for a given patent claim to be valid, every promise about the invention in the specification must be delivered by enacting that claim....more

5/31/2016 - Australia Corporate Counsel Inventions Patent Applications Patents Raising The Bar Act

How high has the bar been raised? The Australian Patent Office issues its first opposition decision on a post ‘Raising the Bar’...

In brief: - In the first opposition decision of the Australian Patent Office to apply the post-‘Raising the Bar’ disclosure and support requirements, the hearing officer applied principles derived from UK and European...more

12/9/2015 - Australia Disclosure Requirements Patent Applications Patents Raising The Bar Act

Australian Patent Office Steps Up To The Challenge On Inventive Step

Traditionally, it has been relatively easy in Australia, compared with the US or Europe, to meet the threshold level of inventiveness needed for an inventive step. However, a recent Federal Court decision has shown that the...more

3/25/2014

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 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

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