Pharmaceutical patent term extensions: broader is not always better

Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. et al [2020] APO 43 (16 September 2020) Background Australia’s Patents Act provides a patent term extension (PTE) to account for the delays that can occur when obtaining regulatory approval for a pharmaceutical substance.   The extension can last for up to five years and is available when the following requirements are

Tricks of the Trade: Searching the unsearchable

Patent searching is already black magic, wrapped in a puzzle, inside an enigma, passing through a black box, and thinking about how something could be unsearchable is an extra layer you just don’t need, so, how do you find something you can’t search for?   To assist, I’ll define what I consider unsearchable.  It’s essentially

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Update: New extended deadline of 31 October 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 31 October 2020.  Depending on the ongoing impact of the pandemic, both in Australia and overseas, this period

Australian Designs – Draft Bill now released

Following on from our article of 14 May 2020, Australian Designs – Changes on the Way, we advise that the Australian Designs Exposure Draft Bill, Regulations, accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum and Explanatory Statement have now been released.  IP Australia have invited interested parties to provide comment and Shelston IP has made a submission.   If

Combatting Counterfeiters: IP Australia’s “Smart Trade Mark” initiative

Counterfeiting can be a significant problem for brand owners and legitimate rights holders. It directly undermines legitimate business through lost sales revenue and has the potential to strain relationships between IP owners and their licensees. The sale of counterfeit products can also damage the value of the associated brand in various ways. This could be

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