It’s good to be heard – the APO determines section 40 requirements

The Australian Patent Office’s decision in The University of British Columbia [2020] APO 15 (20 March 2020) considers how the “raised bar” requirements of support (section 40(3)), enablement (section 40(2)(a)) and best method (section 40(2)(aa)) are to be assessed. The decision is a reminder that these requirements are now more onerous than they were previously

Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2: How governments, regulators and the laboratory-diagnostics industry are responding to the challenge

In this article we examine how standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based testing for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) works, explore the new CRISPR-based tests under development and the new rapid point-of-care tests being rolled out, and consider the initiatives by governments and medical device regulators to fast-track the availability of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests.   Diagnostic

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known

The sentence above is a quote from a journalist, Sharon Begley, in an article interviewing the astronomer, Carl Sagan, and is often misattributed to him.  How does it apply to patent searching?  You’re the one with an idea for the incredible something, and you will want it known, but as I often see, just because

COVID-19: mRNA vaccines – a promising approach to vaccine development

The urgent need to develop an effective vaccine to provide individuals and populations worldwide with immunity against the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has led several biotechnology companies to leverage messenger RNA (mRNA) technology and take a novel approach to vaccine development.   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, there are

Get your Australian Innovation Patents filed by 26 August 2021

The critical dates are now known in respect of the Australian Government’s abolition of the second-tier “innovation patent” system: new applications must be filed before 26 August 2021, and all innovation patents will have expired by 26 August 2029.  Significantly, existing innovation patent rights (and those applied for over the next 18 months) will not be

Tricks of the trade: Keep calm and classify

You’re probably already lacing up your running shoes at the very thought of the mention of the International Patent Classification (IPC), but please stick around; I promise this will be almost painless.   If you’re like me, your introduction to the IPC was a seemingly random string of letters and numbers rolling off someone’s tongue. 

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