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101 Collins St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Contact: Andrea Teague, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 9288 1577
Areas of Practice
  • Intellectual Property
Locations
Other Countries
  • Australia
Number of Attorneys
25-50 Attorneys

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
 /  Intellectual Property

2016 – a year at a glance

What is a human? When is your best method not good enough? When is an inventor not an inventor? What happens when your patent application fails to deliver on its promise? These are just a few of the questions that the Australian…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Pharmaceuticals in South East Asia

1. Are methods of medical treatment patentable? 2. Is extension of patent term possible? 3. Is there a data exclusivity period?…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Reg. 5.23 - When evidence isn’t considered to be evidence, but is still considered as evidence

Reg. 5.23 can be used to file evidence outside of the appropriate evidentiary period, even when a request for an extension of time is denied. …more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Can Swiss-style claims go off-piste in Australia?

Swiss-style claims are a very particular form of claim developed to circumvent the exclusion of methods of medical treatment from patentability in Europe. They are second medical use claims in that the compound used in the…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Sounds like a design opposition

There is no opposition procedure in the Australian design registration system, but the decision published in Alfred Kärcher GmbH v Jinping Zhu [2016] ADO 3 was the culmination of a process that sounded surprisingly like one…more
 /  Intellectual Property

"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" - Patents directed to deuterium modified drugs

In this the fourth instalment of our series of articles looking at the hot topic of the patenting of radiopharmaceuticals, we are taking a small side-step away from the radioactive isotopes to look at the area of deuterated…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Swiss-style patent claims can be very valuable in Australia

The scope for enforcement of Swiss-style claims may be broader in Australia than for method of medical treatment claims. Second medical use inventions can be claimed in an ever increasing number of claim formats depending on the…more
 /  Intellectual Property

PCT national phase – filing requirements

Please see chart below for more information…more
 /  Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Licences are out and automatic rights are in: a new way to allow exploitation following temporary patent ceasing is proposed

Automatic rights to exploit inventions are proposed to replace third party licences to exploit inventions. This proposal follows only months after an initial Patent Office decision on the licence provisions…more
 /  Intellectual Property

To concede or not concede (infringement): that is the question! An instance of a third party licence being requested during temporary ceasing of a patent

Under Australian law, if a patent application ceases and the patent is subsequently reinstated by the owner by use of our extension of time provisions, a third party may obtain a licence to the patent on the basis of steps they…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Federal court aids in construction of provisions for third party statutory licences following temporary ceasing of a patent but declines to comment on Patent Office decision procedure

The ground-breaking series of decisions, relating to AU 623144 (AU ‘144), which protected the antidepressant escitalopram, has generated another first when the patentee of AU ‘144 sought judicial review of a recent Patent Office…more
 /  Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

South East Asia - Renewal Requirements

The patent terms in the jurisdictions listed are subject to payment of annual renewal fees, otherwise referred to as maintenance fees or annuities. The patent term in the jurisdictions listed below is 20 years from the…more
 /  Administrative Law, Intellectual Property

Remedies for IP infringement: when additional damages aren’t

Australia’s Designs Act provides courts with a broad discretion as to the relief that may be granted for infringement. The specific heads of relief that are outlined (in a non-limiting way) in s75 of the Act include..…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Missed a patent deadline in Australia? It may not be as bad as you think

Australian patent law is quite generous when it comes to extensions of time. Where a deadline is missed due to a genuine error or omission, it is often the case that the deadline can be extended. It is not necessary to show that…more
 /  Intellectual Property
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