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Australian and New Zealand Patent Systems among the strongest in the world

A newly developed index rates Australia’s and New Zealand’s patent systems among the strongest in the world. Companies need to be strategic about where to protect their inventions. These decisions are generally based on...more

3 Rounds to Lucas Mill in Chinese Patent Case

In 2014 Lucas Mill discovered a knockoff of its patented portable sawmill being sold online and took immediate action for infringement of its Chinese patent against the Chinese manufacturer, Shandong Shuanghuan Machinery...more

Evidence wins the day

In Australia, a patent opposition is an opportunity for a third party to oppose the grant of a prospective patent at the patent office. A patent opposition is akin to Inter Partes Review or Post Grant Review in the US or...more

The low-down on the new Victorian Manufacturing Grant

Government grants to stimulate business and innovation are typically competitive and the new Victorian Government grant program, Future Industries Fund - The Manufacturing Program, is no exception. In preparing this article,...more

Australian manufacturer is successful in asserting patent in China

Lucas Mills made media headlines for its win of 2 million yuan ($430,000) against a Chinese company who infringed Lucas’ patent for its flagship product, a portable sawmill. The sawmill allows logs to be cut into milled...more

Australian manufacturer enforces Chinese patent against Chinese infringer in China

Lucas Mill, an Australian manufacturer based in Beechworth Victoria, has won a patent case in China against a Chinese manufacturer. Lucas’ flagship product - The product being copied was a portable sawmill, Lucas’...more

New Zealand Patent Oppositions – What Counts As Evidence In Reply?

I continue my series of articles on the topic of New Zealand Patent Oppositions. This article discusses the limited scope of evidence in reply and the pitfalls of exceeding that scope....more

New Zealand Patent Oppositions – New And Improved (Old Act Cases)

In my earlier article, I looked at the various options for prospective opponents under the New Zealand Patents Act 2013 (the ‘New Act’). These options include third party assertions of prior art during examination, pre-grant...more

New Zealand Patent Oppositions – New And Improved (New Act Cases)

I continue my series of articles on the topic of New Zealand Patent Oppositions. My earlier articles as listed at the bottom of this article, describe the opposition regime under the existing legislation, the Patents Act 1953...more

New Zealand Patent Oppositions – Can I File Late Evidence?

I continue my series of articles on the topic of New Zealand Patent Oppositions. My earlier article NZ Patent Oppositions - What are the steps? describes the process for both the opponent and the applicant to submit their...more

4/10/2014  /  Patent Litigation , Patents

Infringer Violates Parking Infringement Patent, Gets Ticket, No Excuse

Vehicle Monitoring Systems Pty Limited v Sarb Management Group Pty Ltd (trading as Database Consultants Australia) (No 2) [2013] FCA 395 (3 May 2013) - A recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia concerning an...more

NZ Patent Oppositions – Can I Use A Foreign Expert?

We continue in our series of articles on patent opposition in New Zealand. In our previous article, NZ Patent Oppositions – Why do I need expert evidence?, we discussed the crucial role that evidence plays in patent...more

NZ Patent Oppositions – Why Do I Need Expert Evidence?

In our continuing series of articles on New Zealand patent oppositions, we look at the topic of expert evidence and why it is critical to establishing obviousness....more

NZ Patent Oppositions – What Are The Steps?

In our continuing series of articles on New Zealand patent oppositions, we summarise the procedure. In our earlier article NZ Patent Oppositions – when can I file?, two different types of oppositions are described and the...more

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