brexit

The UK official left Europe on 31 January 2020. However, the UK remained within Europeans legal framework for a transitional period that ended 31 December 2020. In other words, Brexit is now in force. While this has a lot of political, tax and economical consequences, Brexit also has an impact on IP rights. We will…

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innovation patent phase out

As you may have read in one of my earlier blog posts, phasing out of the Australian Innovation Patent has been on the cards for a very long time. On 26 February 2020, this became reality. The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2019 received Royal Assent. This means that the Bill became law. As such,…

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Freedom to operate

Patent Protection A patent is a temporary monopoly of a maximum of 20 years. The monopoly is granted by the government of a country to the owner of the patent. In return, the owner of the patent has the duty to disclose the invention to the public in a way that a person who is…

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digital advertising scheme patentable

Summary A judge at the Federal Court of Australia has held that a digital advertising scheme is patentable. You will find the decision here:Rokt Pte Ltd v Commissioner of Patents¬†[2018] FCA 1988 Background Australian start-up Rokt Pte Ltd filed a patent application for an invention relating to a digital advertising scheme. In particular, the invention…

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open innovation

Introduction At the World IP Summit in Amsterdam in October 2018 one of the buzz terms was “open innovation”. The concept is not new. But it seems that more and more global players, such as Facebook, Philips, Lego and Huawei, are effectively using the approach for their benefits. For example, Huawei has established a network…

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