Freehills Patent Attorneys

Final report on the review of Australia’s designs system

In 2012 Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was tasked with reviewing the Australian designs system. ACIP has now released its final report..…more
| Intellectual Property

Patenting natural and organic cosmetics...can it be done?

Two interesting trends are occurring in the international cosmetics market which, at first glance, seem to be in conflict. The first trend is the expansion of the natural and organic cosmetic products market. The second is an…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A new breed of plant patents in Europe

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
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Share Plan changes tabled and diced

The Division 83A (employee share plan) amendments were tabled in Parliament yesterday, 25 March 2015, and include welcome improvements on the exposure draft released last January. Start-ups - Most of the changes…more
| Business Organizations, Intellectual Property, Taxation

Designing foreign applications

The importance of industrial design to Australian businesses is increasing, with competitive advantage being gained by investment in innovative design. Many Australian companies are now looking to sell their products outside of…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Commercial success of cable not strong enough to hold up patent

It may be tempting to think that the commercial success of a product is relevant to the validity of patents relating to that product. A recent decision of the Full Federal Court is a reminder of the limits to which evidence of…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Pharmaceuticals in South East Asia

See Chart Below…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Employee Share Schemes: ED

The Government has released the Exposure Draft for the proposed changes to the taxation of employee share and option plans (ESOPs). The Exposure Draft generally follows the Government’s announcement on 14 October 2014, but also…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law, Taxation

Australia: Claim preambles, object statements and patentable subject matter

In Australia, the inquiry whether a combination of integers is patentable subject matter may be deeply influenced by the way the claim preamble and objects of the invention are drafted. Failure to appreciate this can result in…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Computer implemented inventions in Australia: The current state of play

A Full Court of Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its appeal decision in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents. While there was anticipation that the decision would provide general guidance on the…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Australian designs system under review

In May 2012 a review of the Australian designs system was requested. Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has been conducting this review and on 3 December 2014 released an Options Paper for…more
| Intellectual Property

Designing applications: Tips for filing design applications in Australia

In This Issue: - Top Tips - Has there been prior disclosure? - Will you receive a Formalities Notice? - What is your ability to amend? - What is the product? - Is there more than…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Israel, Finland and the US top the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 reports that Israel, Finland and the US provide the best political, social and financial conditions to cultivate cleantech innovation and commercialisation over the next 10 years…more
| Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property

Computer Implemented Business Scheme not Patentable in Australia

A Full Court of Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its appeal decision in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCAFC 150. This decision deals with the patentability of computer implemented…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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