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Safeguard your trade marks against use as a .xxx name

A new top level domain has been approved for use by the adult entertainment industry: .xxx. If you wish to prevent traders in the adult entertainment industry from using a trade mark owned by you as a .xxx domain name, it will be possible from today, 7 September 2011, to apply to have the trade

Australian innovation patents: dangerously strong but for how long?

The Australian Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has been asked by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research to investigate the effectiveness of the innovation patent system in stimulating innovation by Australian small to medium business enterprises (SMEs). As part of that review, ACIP has now released an Issues Paper to encourage discussion on

Dyson’s Australian innovation patents help blow copy fans away

Dyson, the UK-based designer of the iconic cyclonic vacuum cleaner and AirbladeTM hand dryer, has been successfully using Australia’s innovation patent system as a key part of its global strategy for protecting its latest design revolution, the Air MultiplierTM bladeless fan. Over the past 18 years, Dyson has earned an international reputation for engineering and

Reminder: The Personal Property Securities Register deadline draws near

The new Australian Personal Property Securities Register (PPS Register) begins in October 2011. It covers securities over most personal property including intellectual property. It also covers retention of title arrangements and other interests such as chattel leases which previously did not need to be registered. While some existing security registers will be automatically migrated to

What’s a “but for”? USPTO proposes changes to duty of disclosure

Those who have filed patent applications in the US will no doubt be familiar with the onerous duty of disclosure requirements. The USPTO is currently proposing rule changes which could simplify the task of determining what should and should not be disclosed, and reduce paranoia surrounding the duty.   The Importance of Duty to Disclose

Who gets a hearing? Implementation of the “two-month deadline” for Australian divisional applications

The Australian Patent Office has been progressively implementing measures to expedite examination of divisional applications. Directions to request examination now issue within two months of filing and official reports issue within two months of examination being requested (compared to 24 months and 14 months, respectively, for non-divisional standard patent applications).   The Patent Office has

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