Update: New extended deadline of 30 September 2020 for requesting extensions of time at IP Australia when a deadline cannot be met due to COVID-19

IP Australia is providing free extensions of time of up to three months if a deadline cannot be met due to the effects of COVID-19.  The period for requesting such an extension has now been extended until 30 September 2020.  Depending on the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in Australia and overseas, this

IP Australia Official Fee Changes – For Better or Worse…?

Official fees payable to IP Australia are changing as of 1 October 2020.  In this article, we cover off the changes in relation to patent fees only.  However, trade marks, designs and PBR fees will change also and will no doubt be the topic of other articles across our local industry.   Whereas the economic

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Perpetual Motion: the concept that keeps on giving and giving…and giving…

A perpetual motion machine is one that can do infinite work with no energy input.  Such a machine is impossible as it would violate the first or second law of thermodynamics (that internal groan isn’t likely be your last).   The first law of thermodynamics relates to the conservation of energy, so if you are

Shelston IP joins Girls Invent Podcast

For a number of years, Shelston IP has partnered with Girls Invent an organisation dedicated to inspiring and motivating girls to become successful innovators. At Shelston IP, innovation is our passion, and we are excited to support Girls Invent through our pro bono advice program in its mission to encourage innovation.   Girls Invent invited Allira

New Zealand’s “drop-dead” divisional deadline… drops dead

New Zealand patent practice has long operated on a “drop-dead” deadline for the filing of a divisional application – once the would-be “parent” case is accepted, the facility to file a divisional application expires, irrespective of the circumstances.  Many have sought an extension/correction on some entirely reasonable grounds – clerical errors, communication problems, time-zone issues,

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