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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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…

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Australian Innovation Patent

Overview In recent years, there has been an ongoing discussion to abolish the Australian innovation patent. In fact, the Intellectual Property Law Amendments Bill 2017 included specific plans to slowly phase out the innovation patent.  However, when the Bill was introduced into Parliament, the section dealing with the abolishment was removed. As such, we are happy…

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