In Europe, there are two types of IP protection available for plant-related inventions: Plant Variety Rights (PVRs) and Patents.
In order to avoid any overlap in protection between these two IP regimes, the EPC...more
The recent Australian opposition decision of Merial Limited v Zoetis LLC  APO 59 highlights the differences between the Australian and New Zealand patent offices in the construction of “kit” claims in relation to the...more
Under the present regime in New Zealand, the objection that a patent application lacks an inventive step is not available during prosecution and the burden of proof required to show a lack of inventive step in an opposition...more
Recent changes to Australian patent law provide that the due date for filing a Budapest Treaty deposit is on or before the date of filing of a priority application....more
April 15, 2013 is an important date insofar as Australian patent prosecution is concerned. On this date ‘new law’ will come into force that will apply to patent applications for which examination has not been requested by...more