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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protect-your-business-name

Congratulations, you have chosen a business name and registered it through the ASIC website. Now you have the legal rights to stop anyone else using your business name. Wrong. A business name registration through ASIC is compulsory, but it does not give you any legal rights. In fact, only a registered trade mark gives you…

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