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

Trident Appeal – “Unity of Purpose” sufficient for authorised use of trade mark in corporate group

In Trident Seafoods v Trident Foods Pty Ltd, the Full Federal Court examined the issue of whether use of a registered trade mark by the parent company of the registered owner of the trade mark amounted to an authorised use sufficient to protect the registration from cancellation for non-use.   Background Trident Foods Pty Ltd

Rugby World Cup: Advances in rugby balls

It’s time to talk of mice and McCaw. While that Richie won’t be playing in 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup soon to be held in Japan, it is time to wonder which ball the new Richie (Mo’unga) will be kicking off with in the final on November 2.   This will be the

No innovation patents, restricted patent eligible subject matter and fewer patent attorneys – welcome to the future of IP in Australia!

The Senate Committee inquiring into the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019 has recommended in their report that the Bill be passed by the Senate.   As we previously reported, the Bill includes provisions to abolish Australia’s second-tier patent system, the innovation patent, and introduce an object’s

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