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New Australian patents claiming chemical compounds may be vulnerable to revocation

It seems that the abolition of Australia’s second-tier patent system, the innovation patent, (as detrimental as this will be for Australian business) could be considered as a high-profile distraction to divert attention away from new laws that will potentially render patents claiming chemical compounds, with reference to a structural formula, vulnerable to invalidation.   This

Australia’s innovation patent, extinct by June 2021

The Intellectual Property Amendment (Productivity Commission Response part 2 and other Measures) Bill 2019 was passed by the Senate on 16 October 2019. This will result in the abolition of Australia’s second-tier patent system, the innovation patent.   Many small- and medium-sized Australian businesses and relevant industry groups, including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and

Malaysian Trade Marks Update– Trademarks Bill 2019

Malaysia has introduced a new Trademarks Bill 2019 (Bill) which is set to replace the current Trade Marks Act 1976. It is anticipated that the new Act will come into force on 27 December 2019.   Some of the key changes are set out below: Accession to the Madrid Protocol Malaysia is set to join

Ride2Work Day: Wacky bicycle patents

It’s that time of the year once more in Australia: National Ride2Work Day (Wednesday 16 October 2019).  In celebration of pedal power, here’s a tour of some weird and wacky cycling patents:   One wheeled vehicle (US patent 325,548) This curious vehicle, where the rider sits inside the wheel, was patented by John Otto Lose

Patent families: As weird and wonderful as people families

First of all, what is a patent family?  Like a family made up of people, it’s a collection of things that are related in some way, where the things just happen to be patent documents.  Although all methods of constructing a patent family are artificial, some are more artificial than others, which, I guess, implies

New Zealand “best practice” further influenced by impending rise in official fees

The notion of what constitutes “best practice” when it comes to prosecuting a New Zealand patent application has always been somewhat subjective.  For every move that seems like a good idea, there’s usually a decent counterpoint.  However, we have recently attempted to reconcile all the pros and cons – and came to the conclusion that

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