I have a patent – am I free to operate?

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…

Read More

Digital advertising scheme held patentable!

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…

Read More

Open Innovation

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…

Read More

Business name registration vs trade mark registration


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…

Read More

What is a patent attorney?

patent attorney

What is a Patent Attorney? Let’s all be clear, the term “attorney” is confusing. It’s the American term for a lawyer. However, an Australian patent attorney is actually not a lawyer.*   What we have in common with lawyers We provide legal services and we have a law degree. Yet, we are not admitted to…

Read More