Trade Marks Office issues first decision under new rules on extensions of time

Changes to the regulations governing extensions of time in trademark opposition proceedings in Australia came into effect on April 15 2013 as a consequence of the Raising the Bar legislation. The Australian Trademarks Office has now issued its first decision (MG Icon LLC v Caprice Australia Pty Ltd) on whether to grant an extension under those provisions. The

Preliminary Search and Opinion and fee for patent applications in AU

Commencement of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 in Australia on 15 April 2013 introduced a number of major changes for patents and patent applications. The more significant of these changes included: increased patentability standards a reduction in time frames for examination and the streamlining of patent opposition procedures. In addition to these

Progress toward the Australia/New Zealand single economic market

We have reported previously on the impending Single Economic Market (“SEM”) reforms, as agreed between the Australian and New Zealand Governments in August 2009. The wider reforms encompass not only IP, but also competition policy, consumer protection, accounting standards, securities offerings, cross-border insolvency and company registrations. The framework thereby aims to accelerate and deepen trans-Tasman

Raising the Bar changes now in force

One of the biggest changes in Australian Patent and Trademark law, created and shepherded by the Australian Patent Office has now taken effect in Australia. Whilst the Patent Office received a flood of application just before the changes came into effect, the new provisions are now in force. The significant changes include: a change in

Time is running out for thinking ahead

Relevance of new Australian legislation to pending and potential Australian patent applications As you will no doubt be aware, due to recent changes to Australian patent legislation, the patentability standards applicable to all Australian patent applications for which examination is requested on or after 15 April 2013 will be raised. The new higher standards can be

Raising the bar for patent opposition procedures

Certain changes prescribed by the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 are due to come onto effect on 15 April 2013. In addition to the widely-publicised tightening of patentability standards and patent examination procedures, a notable change will be the streamlining of patent opposition procedures and, of particular note, the introduction of regulations

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